Elderly Smoking Cessation Promotion Project 2015 Never too late to quit for a smoke-free happy life
2015.11.27Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) is committed to promote smoke-free lifestyle and construct a smoke-free Hong Kong, hand in hand with the community. COSH has organized Elderly Smoking Cessation Promotion Project since 2012 to inform elderly the smoking hazards, clarify the misconceptions on smoking and encourage smoking elderly to quit. Over the years, COSH has conducted more than 140 health talks in elderly centers and shared the smoke-free messages with over 9,000 elderly.
This year, COSH organized Elderly Smoking Cessation Promotion Project 2015. Smoke-free messages and advice of smoking cessation are conveyed to the elderly through different channels, including health talks, visits to elderly centres and radio promotions, etc. From September to November 2015, COSH organized events in elderly centres to reaffirm the smoke-free lifestyle and shot the smoke-free smiley face of the elderly to inspire smokers to adopt a smoke-free life. Over 50 smokers pledged to quit and signed a pledge card, which recorded their determination and important moment to quit.
The closing ceremony was held today to further spread the smoke-free messages. The smoke-free smiley photos were also displayed to reinforce smokers to quit. The officiating guests included Prof Sophia CHAN, JP (Under Secretary for Food and Health), Dr Jeff LEE (Head of Tobacco Control Office, Department of Health), Prof LAM Tai-hing, BBS, JP (Chair Professor of Community Medicine & Sir Robert Kotewall Professor in Public Health, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong), Mr Antonio KWONG, MH (Chairman of COSH) and Ms Yolanda NG, MH (Vice-chairman of COSH).
“It’s never too late to quit smoking”, said Mr Antonia KWONG, Chairman of COSH. He pointed out that many elder smokers refuse to quit with excuses or because of misconceptions. He reiterated the benefits of smoking cessation, “Smokers can quit successfully with strong will, regardless of age and years of smoking. Once they kick the habit, they can have better health, enjoy a better environment, closer and happier relationships with friends and families.”
The Under Secretary for Food and Health, Professor Sophia CHAN also advised smokers to quit as soon as possible, while non-smoking elderly can support their family and friends to quit smoking. Quitters can call the Integrated Smoking Cessation Hotline (1833183) of the Department of Health to seek free and professional smoking cessation services. The Government is committed to reduce tobacco use through a multi-pronged approach including legislation, law enforcement, publicity and education, smoking cessation services and taxation to encourage smokers to quit and protect the public from smoking hazards”
Mr CHAO Ming-koo, who has smoked for more than 40 years, talked to the audience that he joined this project to quit for the family support and better health. Meanwhile, Mr LIN Kam-cheung, a successful quitter of the 5th“Quit to Win” Contest and who works in an elderly centre, shared his quit experience and showed his support to quitters. He quitted smoking for his own health and the members of the elderly centre as well as the image of the centre. Artists joined the ceremony and further promoted the benefit of quitting through games and drama performance. Prof LAM Tai-hing also took part in the drama to share the tips and knowledge of smoking cessation in an interesting way.
The officiating guests pressed the camera shutter, encouraging elderly to enjoy a smoke-free life by quitting and supporting others to quit.
Mr CHAO Ming-koo who pledged to quit in this project and Mr LIN Kam-cheung who successfully quitted in the 5th “Quit to Win” Contest shared with the audience their determination and experience of smoking cessation.
Artists shared the smoke-free messages with the audience through drama performance.