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The 7th “Quit to Win” Smoke-free Community Campaign Uniting the 18 Districts for a Smoke-free Hong Kong
2016.06.28
Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (“COSH”) plays an active role in promoting smoking cessation through various programmes. 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 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 7th “Quit to Win” Smoke-free Community Campaign in 2016 which is again supported by the 18 District Councils and district organizations to motivate smokers to kick the habit across the territory.

The kick-off event was held today. Officiating guests included Dr Jeff LEE, Head of Tobacco Control Office of the Department of Health, Prof LAM Tai-hing, Chair Professor of Community Medicine & Sir Robert Kotewall Professor in Public Health, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong, Mr Antonio KWONG, Chairman of COSH and Ms Yolanda NG, Vice-chairman of COSH.

Dr Jeff LEE, Head of Tobacco Control Office of the Department of Health encouraged smokers to quit smoking to restore a smoke-free healthy life, which is also beneficial to their family, friends and the society.

“We are honoured to have staunch support from the 18 District Councils, their working groups/committees and the district partner on this Campaign. A variety of community-based promotional activities will be organised to 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 get rid of cigarettes.

Mr WONG Wai-kin, the champion of last year’s contest, shared his successful experience and quit tips in the event. Apart from the support from family, he claimed that doing exercise was crucial to a successful quit which can distract his attention from smoking. He visited a few websites and mobile apps to equip himself with cessation knowledge and also used the “tangle” provided by COSH to ride out tobacco craving.  After quitting, he got started in new hobbies, such as hiking and jogging which broadened his social network.

Artists Mr Alfred HUI, Ms Roxanne TONG, Ms Mayanne MAK and Ms LEUNG Ka-ki also shared the benefits of quitting smoking and urged the public to live a smoke-free lifestyle through interesting games.

The “Quit to Win” recruitment sessions will be held in the 18 districts from now until 30 September 2016. Participants can join either the 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.


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Officiating guests, representatives of the 18 District Councils and district organizations and artists supported the 7th “Quit to Win” Smoke‐free Community Campaign Kick-off Event.
Officiating guests, representatives of the 18 District Councils and district organizations and artists supported the 7th “Quit to Win” Smoke‐free Community Campaign Kick-off Event.

Mr WONG Wai-kin, the champion of the 6th “Quit to Win” cessation contest, shared his successful experience and called on smokers to kick the habit.
Mr WONG Wai-kin, the champion of the 6th “Quit to Win” cessation contest, shared his successful experience and called on smokers to kick the habit.

 
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