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Clearing the air at work: Implementing smoking cessation programmes

Clearing the air at work: Implementing smoking cessation programmes

As World No Tobacco Day approaches on 31 May, it's an opportune moment for businesses to reevaluate their approach to smoking cessation programmes. We discussed this critical topic with Aletta Collins, Senior Quality Manager at Life Health Solutions, who shared valuable insights into developing and implementing effective smoking cessation programmes in the workplace.

Key components of effective smoking cessation programmes
Aletta highlights several key components that businesses should consider. Firstly, employees must commit to quitting. Support systems, such as access to information and medical care alternatives during withdrawal, are crucial. Additionally, creating a supportive workplace environment and providing accessible resources is essential for success.

Structuring supportive workplace environments
A supportive workplace environment plays a significant role in aiding employees' efforts to quit smoking. Aletta emphasises the benefits of investing in smoking cessation programmes for both employers and employees. These include improved health, productivity, cost management, job satisfaction, and corporate image. Implementing smoke-free policies, promoting awareness of the benefits of quitting, and incorporating smoking cessation programmes into wellness initiatives are effective strategies.

The role of awareness campaigns
Awareness campaigns are vital in promoting smoking cessation within the workplace. By raising awareness, building skills, and providing education, businesses empower their workforce to make informed decisions about their health. These campaigns also help build trust and confidence among employees and reinforce that positive lifestyle changes are achievable and sustainable.

Accessible resources for employees
Businesses should make various resources accessible to employees to aid their smoking cessation efforts. This includes employee wellness programmes and environmental support to discourage smoking, in the form of posters or mailers. By promoting the benefits of quitting and reducing barriers to change, businesses can effectively support their employees' journey towards a smoke-free lifestyle.

Common challenges and barriers
Despite the benefits, businesses often encounter challenges when developing and implementing smoking cessation programmes. Social pressure, fear of withdrawal, boredom, and disputes at home are some common barriers. Aletta underscores the importance of addressing these challenges holistically by offering counselling, support groups, and strategies to manage cravings and social influences.

For more information or support related to the physical health of employees, let us help you. Email, call (+27) 86 123 4123 to speak to one of our business development managers, or visit our website. If you’d like an alternative option, Life Health Solutions is an industry leader, offering compassionate care, clinical excellence, quality service and a spirit of giving to those entrusted to our care. Find out more about their services on their website.

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