The 6th “Quit to Win” Smoke-free Community Campaign Fosters a Smoke-free Lifestyle
2015.06.23Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) has spared no effort on promoting smoking cessation, so as to protect the public health and strive for a smoke-free Hong Kong. COSH has been organizing the “Quit to Win” Smoke-free Community Campaign since 2009 and approached over 20,000 citizens and attracted more than 1,000 smokers to join the Smoking Cessation Contest annually. Following the success in past years, COSH collaborates with the School of Nursing and School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong to organize the 6th “Quit to Win” Smoke-free Community Campaign in 2015. The Campaign is again supported by the 18 District Councils and district organizations to disseminate the smoke-free messages across the territory.
The launch ceremony was held today. Officiating guests included Mr Richard YUEN, Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Health), Dr Cindy LAI, Deputy Director of Health, Mr Antonio KWONG, Chairman of COSH, Ms Yolanda NG, Vice-Chairman of COSH, Prof Johnnie CHAN, Chairman of Education & Publicity Committee, COSH, Mr Sammy LEUNG and Ms Leila KONG, event ambassadors.
“We are honoured to have staunch support from the 18 District Councils and district organizations on this Campaign. COSH will join hands with district partners to launch various community-based activities to strengthen quitters’ determination and educate the public on smoking hazards and cessation methods.” said Mr Antonio KWONG, Chairman of COSH. The community-based activities will be rolled out from June to September in all districts in Hong Kong to spread smoke-free messages, encourage smokers to join the “Quit to Win” smoking cessation contest, as well as to motivate non-smokers to support their family members and friends to quit smoking.
Mr Richard YUEN, Permanent Secretary for Food and Health (Health) remarked that the commitment of different community groups and tobacco control organizations is crucial to urge more smokers to give up smoking, in addition to the smoking cessation services provided by the Government,. The “Quit to Win” Smoke-free Community Campaign has effectively conveyed the smoke-free messages to the public since 2009 and encouraged smokers to take the first step towards quitting tobacco and restore a smoke-free healthy life.
Mr LEE Hing-lim, the champion of last year’s contest, shared his successful experience and quit tips in kicking the 20-year smoking addiction with the support of family and his strong determination. He called on quitters to inform more people on their decision who could be their monitor to prevent relapse. When he joined the “Quit to Win” smoking cessation contest, he uploaded the photo taken at the recruitment counter to social media to let more people know about his resolution. Having kicked the habit, he gained better health, close relationships with family, great prizes as well as enormous “Likes” he had ever got on social media. event ambassadors Mr Sammy LEUNG and Ms Leila KONG also shared the benefits of quitting smoking through interesting games.
The “Quit to Win” recruitment sessions will be held in the 18 districts starting from today until 30 September 2015. Participants can join either lucky draw group or smoking cessation ambassadors group to enjoy free smoking cessation counselling and get a chance to win fabulous prizes. The champion, first runner-up and second runner-up of ambassadors group will be awarded travel package to Australia, Singapore and Thailand respectively to learn more about the local tobacco control policies, while the nominators may win supermarket coupons. For details and recruitment schedule, please visit www.quittowin.hk.
The officiating guests, representatives of 18 District Councils and district organizations, together with event ambassadors Mr Sammy LEUNG and Ms Leila KONG joined the 6th “Quit to Win” Smoke‐free Community Campaign Launch Ceremony.
COSH will co-organize a series of community-based promotional activities from June to September with District Councils and district organizations to educate the public on smoking hazards and encourage them to live a smoke-free lifestyle.
Mr LEE Hing-lim, the champion of the 5th “Quit to Win” Smoke‐free Community Campaign, shared his successful experience and called on smokers to kick the habit.