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E-Newsletter - May 2020




May 2020

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Act now to support “Breathe In. Tobacco Out”

To echo the World No Tobacco Day (31 May), COSH launched an online publicity programme with the theme of “Breathe In. Tobacco Out". Smoke-free Ambassador, Alex FONG leads a group of artists, DJs and athletes, together with Prof Sophia CHAN (Secretary for Food and Health), Dr Constance CHAN (Director of Health), Antonio KOWNG (COSH Chairman), Yolanda NG (COSH Vice-chairman) and community leaders to promote the benefit of deep breathing and invite the mass public to live a smoke-free lifestyle, as well as to say ‘NO’ to all forms of tobacco products. The programme will be running from May to July 2020. Act now to support “Breathe In. Tobacco Out” and get a chance to win fabulous prizes.

Stay tuned for Smoke-free Teens Programme 2020-2021 enrollment

Smoke-free Teens Programme aims to nurture teenagers to become future leaders for promoting smoke-free messages through their supportive network in the communities. The programme comprised of the “Smoke-free Academy”, "Smoke-free Programmes in Schools and Community" and "Smoke-free Training Camp" from September 2020 to February 2021 to equip teenagers with knowledge on tobacco control and various skills. Outstanding Smoke-free Teens would have a chance to join the smoke-free visits & study tour, as well as an Alumni Programme to broaden their horizon. Secondary 1 to 4 students or teenagers aged 14 to 18 are welcomed to enroll in the programme starting from June 2020.

The 11th "Quit to Win" Smoke-free Community Campaign
The 11th “Quit to Win” Smoke-free Community Campaign will commence on 13 June 2020. COSH will collaborate with School of Nursing and School of Public Health of The University of Hong Kong to organize recruitment sessions across the territory and encourage smokers to join the“Quit to Win” Contest and kick the habit for a smoke-free healthy life. Smokers who want to quit can also register online ( and call the recruitment hotline 9255 4727. On the other hand, COSH will work with district partners and supporting organizations to organize smoke-free promotion activities in the community to disseminate smoke-free message to the general public and motivate them to support friends and family to quit.


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Time to quit smoking and avoid COVID-19


Smoking is known to increase the risks for respiratory illness. Health organizations and experts have warned of the increased risks of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and severe complications in smokers, and advised quitting. In the United Kingdom (UK), over 300,000 smokers have quit smoking due to concerns over COVID-19.




One non-smoker dies from secondhand smoke exposure for every 52 smokers 


A recently published study examined global data on secondhand smoke (SHS)-attributable deaths, and revealed that every 52.3 smokers were associated with 1 death in non-smoker.



Increased risk of oral infection in e-cigarette users 


A recent study showed that e-cigarette use can change the community of bacteria in the mouth and raise the risk of oral inflammation and infection, indicating again that no smoking product is risk-free to health.





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