MQuit expands non-smoking message to workplaces and businesses


The Stop Smoking Service (mQuit) has now expanded its consultancy services to workplaces and companies in a bid to produce a smoking-free community.

Heath Ministry's director of the Disease Control Division Dr Chong Chee Kheong said it was also aimed at encouraging employers to provide the "stop smoking" facilities for their employees.

"About five million people in the country are smokers with 20,000 of them dying of complications caused by smoking. Through the mQuit, the government is committed in efforts to cultivate a healthy lifestyle.

"Register with the ministry for the mQuit to enable smokers to get the quit smoking service. The service is also provided free of charge at government health clinics and hospitals or (with certain fees) at any private healthcare facilities that offer such service," he said.

He said this at a press conference after the signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Health Ministry and 10 agencies involved in the second phase of mQuit which was witnessed by the ministry's secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Chen Chaw Min at the Sunway Medical Centre.

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