Stop smoking reduces the spread of tuberculosis
Smoking tobacco increases the risk of TB disease. It even doubles the risk that people who have been successfully treated for TB will develop TB again! This is why BE Health decided to conduct a quit smoking campaign, which demonstrated that bringing knowledge and counselling to the workplace can effectively help employees to cure their addiction. On I June, one year after its first campaign against tobacco smoking, BE Health joined Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s Health Department in their campaign to encourage people to stop smoking. More than 400 people attended the event in the middle of Bangkok’s busiest shopping area, Siam Square. Our peer educators, Saphon Udomwongrattana, Thitima Tanmanee and Anan Leelawat, had the chance to present their actions to Dr. Pusadee Tamthai, BMA’s Deputy Governor and chair of the event. Under the supervision of Pakhin Chanthathadawong, BE Health’s public health expert, they counselled 15 of their colleagues, having decided to give up their smoking; eight employees succeeded three months later, while the other seven employees succeeded in their effort after six months. Saphon, Thitima and Anan showed that their commitment and altruism made a difference at the workplace.