SINGAPORE: The Health Promotion Board (HPB) has been recognised for its efforts to protect the public against second hand smoke and garner support to create a 100 per cent smoke—free environment.
The recognition was accorded by the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region Healthy City Recognition 2012, which aims to encourage cities to continue to innovate and demonstrate effective and efficient ways of promoting and protecting the health of urban populations.
The Board launched a blue ribbon initiative in March this year to garner support for a smoke—free environment.
So far, 13 markets and food centres, seven hotels, three parks and three grassroots communities have been recognised for their commitment to create smoke—free environments.
HPB said it will continue to work with more businesses and organisations to encourage them to support the initiative.
In addition, HPB’s Health Ambassadors, who play an important role in the community to create a healthy living social movement, have been working the ground at various neighbourhoods to promote a smoke—free lifestyle as well as voluntary no—smoking zones at void decks and common corridors.
These ambassadors go door—to—door to distribute blue ribbons and quit kits, to support the blue ribbon smoke—free movement as well as help smokers quit.
HPB’s chief executive officer Ang Hak Seng said being recognised shows that the board is heading in the right direction.
"The WHO award by no means stagnates our tobacco control efforts. In fact we have an uphill task ahead of us. Our ’I Quit’ campaign will continue to offer 150 touch points that provide a smoker with convenient and accessible programmes wherever he is, at home or at work. As more people, communities and places make the choice to join our blue ribbon movement, we move closer to making a smoke—free lifestyle the acceptable social norm," Mr Ang shared.
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