Dusit Thani employees butt out for No Tobacco Day

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The Dusit Thani Hotel marked World No Tobacco Day when General Manager Chatchawal Supachayanont and hotel anti-smoking campaign manager Pin Krasangh kicked off the June 1 event. Following speeches and calls to quit smoking, employees engaged in a friendly football match.

Workers also engaged in a motto contest for the campaign. The winning slogan emerged as “Modern Beautiful People Do not Smoke.”  Eleven employees who had quit smoking in the past year also received certificates.

Dusit Thani Pattaya General Manager Chatchawal Supachayanont cuts the ribbon to launch No Tobacco Day. Dusit Thani Pattaya General Manager Chatchawal Supachayanont cuts the ribbon to launch No Tobacco Day.

All the activities, like the sports, were designed not only to encourage a healthy lifestyle, but bring employees together and enhance a cooperative spirit, Chatchawal said.

Worker Atichat Panwong applauded the hotel’s efforts to get employees to kick the habit, noting he recently gave up cigarettes.

World No Tobacco Day is organized by the United Nations. Special emphasis is placed on students, as the U.N. says 90 percent of new smokers are between 15 and 24 years old. Smoking kills 480 people per hour globally and smokers spend on average about 42,340 baht on cigarettes.