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Support “Quit to Win” Smoke-free Community Campaign 2012 Launch Ceremony
Support “Quit to Win” Smoke-free Community Campaign 2012 Launch CeremonyHong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) has been dedicated to educate the public on the smoking hazards and encourage smokers to kick the habit since its establishment. This year, COSH, with the full support from the 18 District Councils, organizes a territory-wide “Quit to Win” Smoke-free Community Campaign 2012 to further promote smoke-free messages to the public and encourage more smokers to quit smoking. The kick-off ceremony is held today, on the Father’s Day.

Officiating guests include: Dr York CHOW Yat-ngok, GBS, JP, Secretary for Food and Health, Ms Lisa LAU, MH, JP (COSH Chairman), Prof LAM Tai-hing, JP (Director, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong), Dr Raymond HO (Head, Tobacco Control Office, Department of Health), Prof Sophia CHAN (COSH Vice-Chairman cum Professor in Nursing and Director of Research, School of Nursing, The University of Hong Kong) and “Smoke-free Ambassador” Mr Kenneth MA.

Smoking is hazardous to health. COSH supports smokers to quit smoking immediately and be a “winner”. Ms Lisa LAU, MH, JP (COSH Chairman) said, “First of all, you can win a healthy life after kicking the habit. Many medical researches undertaken around the world showed that one of every two smokers will be killed by smoking. Second-hand and third-hand smoke also influences the health of family and friends. The people you live with will be healthier if you quit smoking. Your image will also be improved as the burnt lampblack soaks on tooth and finger will be gradually removed. Saving will also be increased if you stop smoking. In Hong Kong, each smoker consumes an average of 13 cigarettes a day. You can save HK$1,000 per month and HK$12,000 per year if you kick the habit. Be a winner, quit smoking now.”

Dr York CHOW Yat-ngok, GBS, JP, Secretary for Food and Health said, “Today is Father’s Day. I believe that every father does not want their children to smoke nor being affected by second-hand smoke. Also, all children do not want their parents to be a smoker as their health will be damaged. On this special day, I invite all smokers to join the Quit to Win competition and quit smoking. Let’s start a healthy lifestyle and build a smoke-free Hong Kong.”

Support “Quit to Win” Smoke-free Community Campaign 2012 Launch Ceremony“Quit to Win” Smoke-free Community Campaign was organized in 2009 and 2010, successfully recruited over 2,000 participants with satisfactory quit rate. With the support of the 18 District Councils, a series of community-based promotion programmes will be held by sub-committees of District Councils and district organizations to recruit smokers to join the smoking cessation programme and kick the smoking habit, for a smoke-free and healthy life. Participants will receive cessation support and counselling services.

In addition to promoting smoking cessation, COSH also plays an active role on educating the youth on tobacco control. Education Theatre and health talks are held in schools every year and a series of Smoke-free Youth Ambassador training camps will be held this summer. To promote the smoke-free message to youngsters, COSH invites Grasper, a group of young dancers from HKFYG Hong Kong Youth Dance to have break dance performance during the kick-off ceremony.
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