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Adoption and Signing Ceremony of the Charter for Promoting Treatment of Tobacco Dependence by Hong Kong Academy of Medicine and 15 Colleges
2010.11.14
To strengthen the power of tobacco control, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine and 15 Colleges for Dental Surgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Otorhinolaryngolgy, Paediatrics, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pathology, Psychiatry, Radiology, Anaesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Community Medicine and Family Medicine, had adopted and signed the Charter for Promoting Treatment of Tobacco Dependence under the support of Department of Health yesterday. The medical health practitioners are committed to be a role model of building a smokefree Hong Kong in actions.

Their Commitments to Act under the Charter for Promoting Treatment of Tobacco Dependence are to :
- Recognize tobacco control as a professional responsibility and regards it as a priority
- Promote a tobacco-free lifestyle
- Identify and manage tobacco dependence for all patients
- Support and advocate tobacco control policies

The Adoption and Signing Ceremony was officiated by Dr York CHOW, Secretary of Food and Health. Dr Chow expressed that physicians should take every opportunity to encourage their patients to quit smoking and explain the negative impacts of smoking on their well being. He looked forward to a significant drop of smoking prevalence from current 11.8% to less than 10% within five years.

A scientific session on Treatment of Tobacco Dependence was held at this ceremony, in which two international renowned tobacco control experts shared their findings of smoking cessation in overseas countries – “Tobacco Epidemic and Cessation in Northwest Russia in the years of Economic Transition” by Dr Antero HELOMA and “Treatment of Tobacco Dependence at Mayo Clinic (USA)” by Prof Richard HURT.

Source : Hong Kong Academy of Medicine
 
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