Huhhot, China, 31 May 2014 – To promote awareness of the dangers of smoking to the Qingcheng public and create a better environment for children, Shangri-La Hotel, Huhhot held a “Tobacco VS Health” CSR activity on 31 May 2013, World No Tobacco Day. On this day, pedestrians who keep their cigarettes in their pockets were rewarded with hotel-prepared products, such as healthy vegetable sandwiches and fruit juices. The activity aims to draw everybody away from the unhealthy “ chronic killer” and show more love and concern for their health and that of their families.
On this year’s World No Tobacco Day, Shangri-La Hotel, Huhhot chose the crowded sidewalk in front of the hotel to set up a display counter with a noticeable poster. Hotel volunteers distributed prepared flyers to passers-by, explaining the harm and negative causes of tobacco. The poster with cigarette and sandwich attracted curious pedestrians. At the end of the whole activity, many smokers dropped their butts into the box. In exchange, they were rewarded with either a piece of vegetable sandwich, a bottle of fruit juice or Rmb50 cash voucher from the hotel.
As early as 1 May 2011, with the implementation of State Public Health Management Regulations, Shangri-La Hotel, Huhhot has actively displayed “No Smoking” signs in public areas, placed guest notices in the room, set strict smoke-free rules in the guestrooms, restaurants and conference rooms and conducted related training for all staff.
The harm of tobacco is one of the most serious public health problems in the world. Smoking causes an estimated 6,000,000 deaths a year worldwide, more than the total number of deaths from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. As the world’s largest tobacco-producing and -consuming country, the situation in China is particularly serious. China has more than 300,000,000 smokers and 740,000,000 non-smokers suffering from the second-hand smoke. Every year, more than 1,000,000 people die from smoking-related causes.
Shangri-La Hotel, Huhhot advocates living a healthy life and staying away from cigarettes.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts remains committed to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner whilst balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders. In striving to be a leader in corporate citizenship and sustainable development, a corporate-level CSR Committee drives the company’s initiatives in the strategic areas of stakeholder relations, environment, health and safety, supply chain and employees. These focus areas are unified under the umbrella brand of “Sustainability”, together with Shangri-La’s core CSR projects “Embrace” and “Sanctuary”. Hotel-level Embrace programmes focus on Shangri-La’s Caring People Project, which aims to promote the highest level of education and health support in underprivileged communities. Sanctuary programmes concentrate on Shangri-La’s Care for Nature Project, which promotes the conservation and restoration of biodiversity. For more information, please visit the group’s CSR section on www.shangri-la.com