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E-Newsletter - November 2018




November 2018

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"Smoke-free Drivers" Programme

Smoking is hazardous to health and hampers driving. To protect the health of drivers and the public, COSH organizes the "Smoke-free Drivers" Programme with the support of around 70 organizations in the transportation industry. The Programme aims to encourage smokers in the industry to kick the habit, boost participation of the industry in promoting smoke-free culture to different stakeholders including drivers, customers and the public, as well as provide smoking cessation support to employees which bring positive impacts on the occupational safety and health, productivity and image of drivers. Join the "Smoke-free Drivers Club" now to say no to cigarettes and encourage smokers to quit smoking. Let's enjoy a refreshing, comfortable, safe and smoke-free journey.

Elderly Smoking Cessation Promotion Project 2018-19 

To raise the awareness of elderly on smoking hazards, clarify the misconceptions of smoking, and encourage smokers to quit, COSH has organized Elderly Smoking Cessation Promotion Project 2018-19. Supported by the Smoke-free Elderly Ambassadors, COSH conducted a series of publicity activities in different districts in October 2018 to invite the public to encourage family members and friends to quit smoking. A publicity event with the theme “Be Healthy, Be a Smoke-free Elderly” was held on 14th November 2018 to further promote the benefits of being smoke-free. Elderly Smoking Cessation Promotion Project has disseminated the smoke-free messages with near 5,000 citizens and elderly.

Supporting the enactment of a total ban on e-cigarettes and other new smoking

The Chief Executive proposed to legislate for a total ban on e-cigarettes and other new smoking products in the 2018 Policy Address which demonstrated the Government's determination to safeguard public health. Tobacco control groups, academia, medical and healthcare professionals, parents and education sector, youth service organizations, patient groups and other sectors welcomed the measure and were glad that the Chief Executive listened to our views earnestly. We urge the Government to put the legislation forward and press for immediate review and endorsement by the Legislative Council with no further delay. We also propose the Government to take a bold step to formulate a goal and timeline for a total ban of smoking in order to protect the public from tobacco hazards and achieve a smoke-free Hong Kong.

Premiere of School Interactive Education Theatre Encourages students to build a "Smoke-free Family" with their family

This year's prorgramme is co-organized by the Education Bureau and produced and performed by Chung Ying Theatre. With the support of Ocean Park Corporation, a character Redd, will also be featured in this year's drama to spread smoke-free messages. A brand-new drama titled "Smoke-free Family" is launched with a premiere held at the Jockey Club Auditorium, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University on 11 October 2018 for over 350 students, teachers and media.


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Tobacco plain packaging becomes a global trend 


According to Cigarette Package Health Warning: International Status Report published by Canadian Cancer Society in October 2018, over 118 countries/territories have adopted pictorial health warnings in which 9 have confirmed to implement plain packaging. Hong Kong has fully adopted new pictorial health warnings since June 2018 and ranked the fifth position (85%) together with India and Thailand.





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