Five tips to help your staff quit smoking – for good
There’s no denying it – smoking cigarettes is unhealthy but trying to quit smoking is one of the hardest challenges many people face. Not only does smoking affect one’s health, it can even harm those around you. If you run a business that has employees who smoke, the consequences can also be 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%!
Encouraging employees to attend 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 highlight the hazards of tobacco and nicotine products.
Although patches and gum can still contain nicotine, there are some medications that provide aide while cutting the user’s nicotine altogether. These medications require a prescription, but you can incentivize your employees by paying for a doctor’s visit or 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 comprised of 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.
Finally, you might consider recommending some of the additional alternative therapies currently available to help someone quite smoking. 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!
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