How And Why To Quit Smoking

07Dec 16
Mental Health in the Workplace

How And Why To Quit Smoking — Part Of A Workplace Health And Wellbeing Programme

According to the charity ASH, just under one in five British adults smoke. About half of all regular cigarette smokers will eventually be killed by their addiction.

This means that 96,000 people in the UK die from diseases caused by smoking every year. Smoking accounts for over a third of respiratory deaths, and more than a quarter of cancer deaths.

Physical health problems, experienced by smokers themselves, aren’t the only concern. Family members and those in close proximity can be seriously affected by passive smoking. Smokers also need to consider the impact on their mental health in the workplace and at home.

The good news, however, is that about two-thirds of current smokers would like to quit. But only 30-40% actually make an attempt to do so in a given year. This is where an employer can help.

You can improve your staff’s health, and their overall productivity, if you support them in attempts to give up smoking. A comprehensive workplace wellbeing programme should include advice and support for staff who want to quit smoking.

A workplace health and wellbeing programme to stop smoking: Four basic steps : 

Self-help material – This is the first, and most essential, thing you can provide to kickstart your to workplace wellbeing anti-smoking programme. Most people who want to quit smoking say they’ve been influenced by information in online resources, flyers or leaflets. Make these available to your staff.

Advice from experts – Health professionals can offer persuasive advice on stopping smoking. If you bring them into the office for a day, people will be more likely to consult them than if they had to do so in their own time, off-site.

Events – Health fairs and incentive programmes for stopping smoking are some of the special events that can be arranged at the workplace. It’s a good idea to hold them regularly, and tie in with national dates e.g. World No Tobacco Day on 31st May.

Counselling – Individual counselling sessions promote sound mental health in the workplace. Such treatment helps smokers to open up about any problems that might have led to their addiction. Professional counselling can help smokers to embrace a life without cigarettes.

The workplace is an excellent opportunity to provide the right environment and support for employees to give up smoking, as most of them spend a large amount of their time there. By promoting workplace health and wellbeing you can make a real difference to staff’s lives, and to your business’s performance.

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