The University of Eastern Finland was awarded the first prize in the Best Smoke-free Workplace competition 2012. The selection was made by Finland’s ASH – Action on Smoking and Health, which is a public health organisation promoting health-oriented tobacco policy. The Best Smoke-free Workplace Competition was organised for the first time in 2011, and it constitutes part of the Finland Smoke-free by 2040 project.
Mr Unto Hämäläinen, a journalist and the invited judge of the competition, was impressed by the university’s persistent efforts to promote non-smoking even in the midst of the merger of the University of Joensuu and the University of Kuopio to constitute the University of Eastern Finland.
The University of Eastern Finland is a workplace of nearly 3000 people and it has campuses in several locations. At the University of Kuopio, work promoting non-smoking had been on-going already before the merger of the universities and, after the merger, the promotion of non-smoking was bravely introduced to the Joensuu Campus.
”Non-smoking was made part of the universities’ merger project. This is a sort of thing that could have been easily forgotten. Indeed, it would have been easy to think that let’s get over with the merger first and get back to the promotion of non-smoking later,” Mr Hämäläinen says.
The initial reaction towards non-smoking at the Joensuu Campus was sceptical, but despite all resistance, the new university became a smoke-free university.
”By limiting and preventing smoking, the University of Eastern Finland has shown that it lives by its teachings.”
The second prize in the competition was awarded to Paulig’s coffee roasting plant in Vuosaaari, Helsinki, and the third prize was awarded to the Kolho laminate flooring factory.
The Best Smoke-free Workplace competition constitutes part of the Finland Smoke-free by 2040 project. The competition is a way of supporting the promotion of non-smoking at workplaces. Being a smoke-free workplace is a way for employers to show that they value their employees and wish to maintain and promote health, well-being and coping at work. Furthermore, being a smoke-free workplace is beneficial for the entire workplace community. The Best Smoke-free Workplace competition was organised for the first time in spring 2011.
The aim of the Finland Smoke-free by 2040 project is, as the name suggests, to make the whole of Finland smoke-free. The project is carried out in cooperation with the Institute of Occupational Health, the Pulmonary Association, Filha – the Finnish Lung Health Association, the HYKS Pulmonology Clinic, the Finnish Respiratory Society, the Cancer Society of Finland, the National Institute for Health and Welfare, SOSTE – the Finnish Society for Social and Health, Finland’s ASH - Action on Smoking and Health, the Doctors Against Tobacco network, the Finnish Heart Association, the Smoke-free Metropolitan Area Project, the Association of Health Promoting Hospitals in Finland, the Allergy and Asthma Federation, and Pfizer.
Source: Finland’s ASH, Finland Smoke-free by 2040 project
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