Message from Honourable Patron
The Government has been working closely with different sectors of the community in tobacco control to protect public health. With effect from 1 January 2007, indoor workplaces have been designated as statutory no smoking areas, which have greatly improved the working environment, as well as the health and working efficiency of the employees.
Since the enactment of the Smoking (Public Health) Ordinance in 1982, the Government has been taking a multi-pronged approach in tobacco control including legislation, law enforcement, education, publicity, promotion of smoking cessation and taxation. Concerted efforts of the community helps bring the latest smoking prevalence in Hong Kong to 10.5%, which is one of the regions with the lowest smoking prevalence rate in the world.
Hong Kong has a labour force of over three million and workplace is one of the places where employees spend most of their time every day. The business sector plays a significant role in providing a supportive environment for smoking cessation and protecting employees from the hazards of second-hand and third-hand smoking.
The Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards organised in 2011 and 2013 attracted more than 500 companies and organisations to participate, and disseminated smoke-free messages to over 110,000 employees. COSH will be organising the Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards again this year and it is my pleasure to be the Honourable Patron. I sincerely hope that the business sector can join hands to motivate more companies, organisations and government departments to promote a smoke-free culture and fulfill their social responsibility by encouraging smokers to quit smoking. This helps create an all-win situation for companies, employees and the community. Let’s strive for a smoke-free Hong Kong.
Mr Antonio KWONG, MH
Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health
Prof LAM Tai-hing, BBS, JP
Chair Professor of Community Medicine &
Sir Robert Kotewall Professor in Public Health
School of Public Health
The University of Hong Kong
Dr Jeff LEE
Tobacco Control Office
Prof Patrick WONG, BBS, JP
Prof Samuel WONG
Head of Division of Family Medicine and Primary Healthcare
The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Ms Bonnie YAU
Executive DirectorOccupational Safety and Health Council