Tuberculosis and Tobacco: dangerous combination

Tuberculosis and Tobacco: dangerous combination

BE Health in Bangkok launched its first « Quit Smoking » campaign at the workplace during the first week of October 2015.

Tuberculosis and active tobacco smoking are strongly associated, also in Thailand. According to the WHO, 20% of all new tuberculosis cases may be due to smoking tobacco. Smoking increases the risk of tuberculosis. Therefore, BE Health decided to conduct a “Quit Smoking campaign”, starting at the workplace of Siam Kempinski Hotel. The campaign includes a health check-up and counseling during three months for employees who decide to stop smoking. First, informational meetings about the risks of smoking and a survey amongst all employees were organised. As a result, 12 employees decided to give up their smoking. During the coming months, these employees will receive special counselling and mental support from BE Health’s peer educators trained especially for this responsibility. They will also regularly undergo a spirometry test as well as a urine test for cotinine. Employees that have successfully stopped smoking after six months will receive an incentive from their employer.



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After seven years of inspiring challenges and exciting activity, and thanks to all our donors, we are proud of having reached tangible and successful outcomes.

We though want to achieve more. And while we look back with gratitude to see how far we’ve come, we are happy to inform you that we now are in the process of developing a new programme to extend our mission. We wish that more hotels in all regions could actively participate in spreading health and increase their positive impact in local communities.

The fundamental change in BE Health’s mission and structure involves the end of BE Health's current operations in Bangkok and Djibouti. However, we will be active soon again.

We will update the content of this website to share as soon as possible our new mission and objectives with you. In the meantime, we would like to thank you for your understanding.