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Premiere of School Interactive Education Theatre "Where is Daddy" Encourages students to be a "Smoke-free Pioneer"
2017.10.12
Since 1995, the School Interactive Education Theatre has been one of the major education and publicity campaigns of Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (“COSH”) to spread the smoke-free messages among children and teenagers. Through cooperation with schools and local professional troupes, COSH urges the youngsters to promote a smoke-free lifestyle. Over the past two decades, the Education Theatre programme delivered about 1,800 performances reaching more than 480,000 students and teachers. This year’s prorgramme is co-organized by the Education Bureau and produced and performed by Chung Ying Theatre. A brand-new drama titled “Where is Daddy” is launched with a premiere held at Yuen Long Theatre today for over 300 students, teachers and media.

Officiating guests of the premiere included Dr Tina CHAN (Assistant Director of Health (Special Health Services)); 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 (COSH Chairman) and Ms Yolanda NG (COSH Vice-Chairman). Mr Antonio KWONG remarked, "In consideration of the rapid growth of electronic cigarettes in recent years, this year’s drama covers the potential risks of e-cigarettes, in addition to the hazards of smoking, secondhand smoke and third-hand smoke. Students are also invited to be a ‘Smoke-free Pioneer’ to urge their family members to quit smoking.”

“Where is Daddy” is presented along with music, stage effects and interactive sessions to deliver smoke-free messages. The story was about Mr MO Kin-hong, a smoker who was suspected to suffer from smoking-related diseases and was asked to conduct a medical check on his daughter’s birthday. He decided to slip away quietly and absent for his daughter’s birthday party to avoid anxiety among his family. Mo Mo, daughter of Mr Mo and Ching Ching, best friend of Mo Mo had doubts about Mr Mo’s reasons of leaving and started to find him. Mr Mo realized the hazards of smoking, secondhand smoke and third-hand smoke on his way to the hospital. Mo Mo and Ching Ching also clarified the fallacies on smoking, learned how to say no to cigarette and understood the potential risks of e-cigarettes and promotion tactics of tobacco industry. Students actively participated in the interactive sessions and were determined to be a “Smoke-free Pioneer” who promised to reject the first cigarette and motivate their family members to kick the bad habit.

“Where is Daddy” will begin its tours across the territory in mid-October 2017 to deliver around 100 performances. For details of the School Interactive Education Theatre, please visit www.educationtheatre.hk.

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Officiating guests appointed the students to be a “Smoke-free Pioneer” to spread the smoke-free messages to their family members, schoolmates and other citizens.
Officiating guests appointed the students to be a “Smoke-free Pioneer” to spread the smoke-free messages to their family members, schoolmates and other citizens.

Mo Mo and Ching Ching understood the hazards of smoking on their way to find Mr MO Kin-hong.
Mo Mo and Ching Ching understood the hazards of smoking on their way to find Mr MO Kin-hong.

Students enjoyed the performance and were determined to say no to cigarette.
Students enjoyed the performance and were determined to say no to cigarette.
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