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June  2019

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Develop healthy hobbies to replace smoking via "Smoke-free Channel"

To echo the World No Tobacco Day (31 May), COSH has launched a publicity programme with the theme of "Smoke-free Channel". The programme aims to encourage the mass public to say no to all forms of tobacco products and share smoke-free messages via the street promotion, online platform and networks of different organizations, as well as to motivate smokers to develop healthy hobbies for replacing smoking. Promotion activities of "Smoke-free Channel" will be held in May to June 2019. The mass public are welcomed to join the Channel as a member and get a chance to win fabulous prizes.

"Enact a Total Ban on Alternative Smoking Products Promptly" Press Conference 

To safeguard public health, the Government proposed the Smoking (Public Health) (Amendment) Bill 2019 for the total ban of alternative smoking products. COSH held a press conference on 23 May 2019 to release the findings of Tobacco Control Policy-related Survey and invited tobacco control experts to share the global trend and suggestions for a total ban on alternative smoking products in Hong Kong. COSH urges the Legislative Council to enact a total ban promptly, so as to prevent these products from becoming the gateway to smoking and avoid the health risks posed to the public, especially the next generations.

Rally to support the total ban on alternative smoking products
Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) supports the Smoking (Public Health) (Amendment) Bill 2019 to ban the import, manufacture, sale, distribution and advertisement of alternative smoking products, including electronic cigarettes, heat-not-burn products and herbal cigarettes. COSH organized a rally on 13 April 2019 outside the Legislative Council, together with over 100 representatives from different sectors, to support a total ban on alternative smoking products, petition letters were also submitted to legislative council members to urge the passage of the Bill.

Join the 10th "Quit to Win" Smoke-free Community Campaign to quit smoking
To promote smoking cessation and encourage smokers to kick the habit, COSH organizes the "Quit to Win" Smoke-free Community Campaign every year. In 2018-2019, the 9th "Quit to Win" Smoke-free Community Campaign acquired the enthusiastic support from District Councils, district working partners and supporting organizations from different sectors. The campaign had been successfully completed with over 100 recruitment and promotion activities had been organized, more than 1,200 smokers had been mobilized to quit and the smoke-free messages had been spread to over 60,000 members of public. The 10th "Quit to Win" Smoke-free Community Campaign will be launched in June 2019. COSH will organize recruitment and promotion activities across the territory. For details, please visit the campaign's website.

Join Smoke-free Teens Programme 2019-2020 now
Smoke-free Teens Programme aims to nurture teenagers to become future leaders for promoting smoke-free culture through their supportive network in the communities. It is open for enrollment now. The programme consists of the 2-day-1-night training camp in July and August and the Smoke-free Programmes in schools and communities to be carried out during September to December for wide spread of smoke-free messages in the community. Secondary 1 to 4 students or teenagers aged 14 to 18 are welcomed to enroll by 26 June 2019.

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Department of Health Received 2019 World No Tobacco Day Award


The Department of Health (DH) of Hong Kong is awarded the 2019 World No Tobacco Day Award. Dr Constance CHAN, Director of Health represented the department to receive the award on 30 May 2019.
The World No Tobacco Day Award is set up by the WHO to recognize individuals or organizations for their effort and accomplishments in tobacco control. The DH is one of the five awardees in the West Pacific Region this year.



Canada Announced Plain Packaging Measures


Working in line with the Canada's Tobacco Strategy, Canada government has recently announced that plain packaging for tobacco products will be implemented on 9 November 2019.



Health risks of the secondhand smoke of e-cigarettes should not be underestimated 


Second-hand aerosol from e-cigarettes is new air contamination source of particulate matter and its passive exposure may lead to adverse health effects, which is no less harmful than the traditional cigarettes.



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