There’s no denying it – smoking cigarettes or cigars is unhealthy. Even vaping, which has been touted as a safer alternative to tobacco, is not without health risks of its own. Not only do these bad habits affect your overall appearance, they can even harm those around you.
If you run a business that has several employees who smoke, the consequences can be severely detrimental to your bottom line. After all, who wants to do business in a place that smells like smoke, or with staff members who smell like cigarettes?
Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can incentivize your employees to quit smoking – and you’ll all reap the rewards in the end.
- Nicotine patches and gum: Although these items should not be used long term, they can work wonders when it comes to smoking cessation. In fact, using patches, gum, inhalers or lozenges can actually boost the individual’s chances of kicking the habit by 150% to 200%!
- Health classes: Suggesting or requiring employees to attend regular health classes and meetings is a great way to maintain a healthy workforce. It’s also handy when trying to convince your staff to quit smoking, as these classes will highlight the short- and long-term hazards of tobacco and nicotine products.
- Non-nicotine medicine: Although patches and gum can still contain nicotine, there are some medications that provide aide while cutting the user’s nicotine altogether. Obviously, these medications require a doctor’s prescription, but you can incentivize your employees by paying for their doctor’s visit or even their prescriptions.
- Counseling and support groups: You might also consider bringing in an outside counselor to help your employees quit smoking. Smoking cessation support groups are also helpful – especially when they’re comprised of direct peers and co-workers.
- Smartphone apps and technology: Believe it or not, there are even helpful apps and software packages that can help your staff quit smoking. The National Cancer Institute even has their own app – complete with automated reminders, financial data, and much more.
- Alternative therapies: Finally, you might consider recommending some of the additional alternative therapies currently available for smoking cessation. This includes acupuncture, magnet therapy, various herbs and supplements, yoga classes and even regular meditation. Compensating your employees for their time – or even paying for their treatment – will give your staff even more motivation to kick the habit and give it up for good!