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test 2020.08.24 Special Programme Archives of “Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019” Awards Presentation Ceremony A special programme jointly produced by COSH and Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) was broadcast during the programme “Healthpedia” on RTHK TV31 and Radio 1 to commend the outstanding companies and highlight their remarkable smoke-free policies on 21 August 2020. Please click here to review the programme (Chinese version only) anytime.   “A Glance of The Best” video of the “Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019” was also launched via different online platforms. Please click here to learn more about the sustainable smoke-free measures of the awardees.    |Details| Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019 Concerted efforts of business community  to create a smoke-free Hong Kong 2020.08.21 Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019 Concerted efforts of business community to create a smoke-free Hong Kong Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (“COSH”) organized the Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards (“the Awards”) together with Occupational Safety and Health Council and Radio 1 of Radio Television Hong Kong (“RTHK”) in 2019. The Awards in 2019 scaled a new height with more than 530 companies participating, a 10% increase as compared with the Awards in 2016. Over 130,000 employees from a wide variety of industries were benefited, including banking, property management, retail, logistics, transportation, construction and government departments, etc. A special programme jointly produced by COSH and RTHK was broadcast today (21 August) during the programme “Healthpedia” on RTHK TV31 and Radio 1 to commend the outstanding companies and highlight their remarkable smoke-free policies. It was also the first live streaming Awards ceremony on Facebook reaching out more audience.     By uniting the enterprises and organizations, the Awards aimed to encourage businesses to support smoking cessation and spread smoke-free messages among employees, customers and people from all walks of life, in order to strive for a smoke-free Hong Kong. Over 80 major commerce chambers and associations fully supported the Awards by motivating their members to join. Besides, various smoking cessation service providers assisted businesses in setting up smoke-free workplaces and diverse policies.   Participating guests of the programme included Honourable Patron, Prof Sophia CHAN (Secretary for Food and Health), Co-organizer, Bonnie YAU (Executive Director, Occupational Safety and Health Council), Gold Awardees and Winners of the “Outstanding Smoke-free Community Involvement Award”, Connie LAM (Director of Human Resources, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited) and Jenny PONG (Director of Human Resources, Gammon Construction Limited) and Antonio KWONG (COSH Chairman). Singer, Candy LO shared her successful experience in overcoming the tobacco cravings and encouraged smokers to strengthen their quit will.   “Smoke-free policies at workplaces help motivate smoking employees to go smoke-free, improve work efficiency and minimize healthcare expenses which would achieve win-win-win situations for employees, company and the society.” said Antonio KWONG, COSH Chairman. COSH has organized tailored publicity programmes targeting industries with high smoking prevalence over the years. Some awardees had participated in these industry specific programmes before and now became the role models of their sectors. This year, COSH is going to launch a programme for housing management industry with an aim to enhance their role in advocating smoke-free culture.   Honourable Patron of the Awards, Prof Sophia CHAN, Secretary for Food and Health mentioned that company and organization support for smoke-free policies at workplace is essential in achieving a smoke-free Hong Kong. It is encouraging that there is an increasing number of companies concern the health of workforce and raise staff awareness on a smoke-free lifestyle. Promotion of smoking cessation services is one of the Government’s multi-pronged tobacco control policies. We will work closely with various partners to provide variety of smoking cessation services and explore ways to motivate smokers staying away from tobacco.   The Awards was first introduced in 2011 and was the fourth time in 2019 to mobilize businesses to promote smoke-free culture on a continuous basis. A judging meeting was held by an independent Judging Panel, including representatives from COSH, the Government, industry and academia in December 2019. The panel concluded that two companies received the Triple Gold Awards for their continuous commitment; 14 companies received the Gold Awards, and two of them also received the Outstanding Smoke-free Community Involvement Awards for their outstanding performance in promoting smoke-free culture in the community; 16 companies received the Silver Awards; and over 490 companies awarded the Certificates of Merit for recognition of their support.   A wide variety of smoke-free measures have been adopted e.g. smoking cessation reward schemes, creative smoke-free graphic designs and interactive education events. Besides, the businesses empowered non-smoking employees and their family to encourage smokers to quit and create a supportive atmosphere for smoking cessation. To conclude, management support, substantial resources allocation and collaboration with smoking cessation service providers were proven to be critical in effective implementation of smoke-free policies.   For more information about Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards, please visit www.smokefreeleadingcompany.hk. |Details| Arrangement of "Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019" Awards Presentation Ceremony 2020.08.07 Arrangement of "Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019" Awards Presentation Ceremony In view of the current epidemic situation of COVID-19, Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health has decided to cancel the "Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019" Awards Presentation Ceremony to be held on 21 August 2020, Friday at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Awards list, smoke-free policies and sharing of the Awardees will be concluded in an one-hour TV and Radio Programme at the programme “Healthpedia” to be broadcasted at RTHK TV31 and Radio 1 on 21 August 2020 from 1pm to 2pm. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.   Please stay tuned for the updates on this website.|Details| Special Announcements: Postponement of Awards Presentation Ceremony of the "Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019" 2020.05.26 Special Announcements: Postponement of Awards Presentation Ceremony of the "Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019" In view of the latest epidemic development of the novel coronavirus, Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health would postpone the "Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019" Awards Presentation Ceremony to 21 August 2020, Friday at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Electronic invitations with details will be sent to guests and awardees in due course.|Details| Awards Result Announcement 2020.03.27 Results Announcement of the "Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019" “Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019”attracted a wide variety of industries joining. After rounds of assessments and meeting by the independent Judging Panel, “Triple Gold Awards”, “Gold Awards”, “Silver Awards”, “Outstanding Smoke-free Community Involvement Awards” and “Certificates of Merit” were selected for recognition of their support to smoke-free culture. Please click here for the Awards List.  An awards booklet was published to introduce the Awards and smoke-free policies of the winning companies, please click here to download.   All award-winning companies of the Awards 2019 are welcomed to use the logo and information of the “Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019” at their corporate website, promotional activities or collaterals to demonstrate their commitment to smoke-free culture and corporate social responsibility. The guidelines of logo use can be downloaded from here.   In view of the latest epidemic development of the novel coronavirus, the “Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019” Awards Presentation Ceremony originally scheduled in March would be rescheduled to 9 July 2020, Thursday at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Electronic invitations with details will be ready in due course.  |Details| Special Announcements: Postponement of Awards Presentation Ceremony of the "Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019 2020.02.26 Special Announcements: Postponement of Awards Presentation Ceremony of the "Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019 In view of the latest epidemic development of the novel coronavirus, "Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019" Awards Presentation Ceremony scheduled in March 2020 would be postponed after June 2020. Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health will closely monitor the situation and announce the details in due course. The Awardees' list would be announced in March. Please stay tuned for the updates in our website.|Details| Awards notifications were issued 2020.02.03 Awards notifications were issued Thank you for support and participation in "Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019". Letters of awards notification were sent to awardees in January 2020. An awards presentation ceremony is tentatively scheduled in late March 2020. Electronic invitations with details will be ready in due course. Please stay tuned for the updates.|Details| “Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019” – Coping with Tobacco Cravings by Mindfulness Meditation 2020.01.27 “Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019” – Coping with Tobacco Cravings by Mindfulness Meditation Second session of "Coping with Tobacco Cravings" workshop was co-organized by Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health and Radio 1 of Radio Television Hong Kong. The mindfulness workshop aims to assist smoking employees to curb the tobacco cravings and kick the habit by relieving stress and strengthening the quit will. Please click here to view the highlight video (Chinese version only).  |Details| Application of “Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019” is now closed 2019.11.01 Application of “Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019” is now closed Thank you for support. The enrollment of “Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019” is now closed. Applications are now under assessment and the final result will be announced in early 2020. The Awards Presentation Ceremony is scheduled in March 2020. Please stay tuned for updates.|Details| “Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019” – Coping with Tobacco Cravings by Street Workout (Chinese only) 2019.10.11 “Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019” – Coping with Tobacco Cravings by Street Workout (Chinese version only) A “Coping with Tobacco Cravings” workshop was co-organized by Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health and Radio 1 of Radio Television Hong Kong. The street workout workshop aims to assist businesses in motivating smoking employees to develop healthy habits and replace smoking by doing exercises. Please click here to view the highlight video (Chinese version only).|Details| Final call for “Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019”. Enroll by 31 October. 2019.09.23 Final call for “Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019”. Enroll by 31 October. The application deadline of "Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019" is now extended to 31 October 2019 due to an overwhelming response. All government departments, companies and organizations from different industries are welcomed to join. Outstanding smoke-free companies will be recognized for their commitment to a smoke-free corporate culture and media interview will be arranged. Click to Apply online NOW.|Details| Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019 2019.06.28 Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019 Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards 2019 is now open for enrollment. Please click here to apply.|Details| pr20170227_01 2017.02.27 Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards Joint business efforts to build a smoke-free Hong Kong Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) organized the Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards together with Occupational Safety and Health Council in 2016 with the aims to encourage businesses to promote smoke-free messages to their stakeholders including employees, customers and the general public on a continuous basis. The Awards received over 480 applications, a significant increase of 40% as compared with 2013, benefiting more than 65,000 employees from a wide variety of industries, including construction, retail, logistics, property management and government departments. Nearly 50 major commerce chambers and associations also fully supported the Awards by motivating members to join. Besides, in collaboration with smoking cessation service providers, businesses successfully urged their stakeholders to join the “Smoke-free Family”.COSH co-organized the awards presentation ceremony with Radio Television Hong Kong Radio 2 on 27 February 2017 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The ceremony was officiated by Prof Sophia CHAN (Under Secretary for Food and Health), Dr Cindy LAI (Deputy Director of Health), CHAN Yiu-wah (Acting Deputy Director of Broadcasting (Programmes)), Bonnie YAU (Executive Director, Occupational Safety and Health Council), Prof LAM Tai-hing (Chair Professor of Community Medicine & Sir Robert Kotewall Professor in Public Health, School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong), Dr Jeff LEE (Head, Tobacco Control Office, Department of Health), Prof Patrick WONG (Chairman, Quit-Winners Club), Prof Samuel WONG (Head, Division of Family Medicine and Primary Healthcare, The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong), Antonio KWONG (COSH Chairman), Yolanda NG (COSH Vice-chairman), Alex FONG and Albert AU (Smoke-free Ambassadors).Prof Sophia CHAN, Under Secretary for Food and Health claimed that businesses could establish a positive image, fulfill corporate social responsibility and serve as role models for other businesses, resulting in a win-win-win situation for corporations, employees and the community.“Businesses play a significant role in promoting a smoke-free Hong Kong. This is the third year of the Awards. It is very encouraging to see more and more businesses value the health of their employees and the general public. Many innovative, diverse and effective smoke-free measures have been implemented to promote the smoke-free lifestyle through various ways and networks. ” said Antonio KWONG, COSH Chairman.In 206, three companies received the Triple Gold Awards for their continuous commitment; ten companies received the Gold Awards, and one of them also received the Most Creative Smoke-free Policy Award for recognition of its innovative smoke-free initiatives; nine received the Silver Awards and over 450 companies were awarded the Certificates of Merit.A wide variety of smoke-free measures have been adopted which effectively united the employees, industry and the general public to create a supportive atmosphere for smoking cessation, e.g. World No Tobacco Day promotion activity, smoking cessation reward scheme, smoking cessation support group and smoke-free corner to gather co-workers’ support for quitters. COSH also launched a tailored programme, Smoke-free Construction Force, in 2016 to disseminate smoke-free messages among construction workers whose smoking prevalence is high.Smoke-free Ambassadors Alex FONG and Albert AU shared the benefit of living a smoke-free lifestyle and motivated smokers to kick the habit. Albert Au and singer Phil LAM also encouraged quitters to enjoy music in order to get rid of the craving for smoking. Besides, Hong Kong Guoshu Association promoted a healthy smoke-free lifestyle by martial art performance and stretching exercise demonstration.For more information about Hong Kong Smoke-free Leading Company Awards, please visit www.smokefreeleadingcompany.hk.|Details|