Publicity Event for Women Smoking Cessation Promotion Programme Demonstrates Smoking Hazards on Face
2015.01.23Smoking adversely affects your health, as well as your physical appearance. Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) launches the Women Smoking Cessation Promotion Programme, with support of various women associations, to promote smoking cessation among women and the hazards of smoking especially the women specific ones. The programme also aims to spread the smoke-free message to the wider public to mobilize them to support their smoking female family members and friends to quit.
A publicity event was held today (23 January 2015) to promote women smoking cessation through special make-up demonstration showing the smoking hazards on skin and physical appearance. COSH Vice-chairman Ms Yolanda NG said, “Smoking is known to be hazardous to health, yet it also adversely affects your skin and physical appearance.”
Many people may know that smoking causes stains on teeth, fingers and nails, as well as halitosis. In fact, smoking also harms our skin and hair. It leads to premature thinning and graying of hair due to reduction in nutrients reaching the hair.
Besides, smoking decreases the oxygen supply and robs the skin of collagen which results in more wrinkles and decrease in skin elasticity. Ms Yolanda Ng added, “Smoking also brings other health probelms to women such as lower bone density, earlier menopause, reduction of fertility, adverse impact on infant growth, higher chance of suffering from cervical cancer, bladder cancer and oral cancer.” She encourages the female smokers to kick the habit as soon as possible for for their skin and health.
According to the “Smoking and Health Survey in Hong Kong Women” conducted by COSH and the School of Nursing and School of Public Health of The University of Hong Kong, emotional problems and stress are some of the most important factors explaining why female smokers start and continue to smoke. COSH invited artist Ms Tracy CHU to share tips on stress relief and smoke-free living in the event. She said, “The best way to relieve stress is to develop new hobbies such as attending yoga class with friends, doing exercise and listening to music. Determination is crucial in kicking the bad habit.”
To educate the public on the smoking hazards on skin and physical appearance, COSH hosted a booth for the public to test their skin quality. The public could also use the photo booth with special effects to see the future of themselves if they smoke for 10 years. Photos could be shared to social media to encourage their family and friends to quit smoking for a better health and appearance.
The overall smoking prevalence in Hong Kong is now around 10.7% and the female smoking rate is around 3.1%. Though the female smoking prevalence remained at around 3% to 4% in recent years, the number of female daily smokers increased by 70%, from the record low 56,100 in 1990 to 96,800 in 2012. Female daily smokers aged 30-49 increased drastically (30-39 age group: increased from 2.4% in 1990 to 6.5% in 2012; 40-49 age group: increased from 1.6% to 4.2%). Nearly 60% of female smokers have never tried to quit smoking.
The “Women Smoking Cessation Promotion Programme” will launch a series of programmes including organizing district-based classes on fitness, personal grooming, Chinese medicine and dietary in the 18 districts to promote the smoking hazards and smoking cessation indirectly. The participants intended to quit will be referred to the Integrated Smoking Cessation Hotline of the Department of Health or Women Quitline by The University of Hong Kong. For programme details, please visit www.smokefree.hk/women.
The make-up artist demonstrated the smoking hazards on skin and physical appearance by special make-up effect.
“Women Smoking Cessation Promotion Programme”, organized by Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health, is supported by various women associations.