Smoking Cessation

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It is known that 90 % of smokers express a desire to quit smoking at some point in their lives.  However, 75 % of them fail to follow through. Why does this happen?

First, most do not have a real motive to quit smoking. Information about potential diseases does not offer enough motivation, and when the diseases actually occur, it is already too late. Secondly, it is extremely difficult to stop smoking. For successfully quitting smoking, most people need help, support, and a customized plan of action that cannot be made without expert help.

Man's Fist Crushing CigarettesEmployers are becoming more and more aware of how employees’ well-being affects the productivity and earnings of the company. Reduction of economic losses caused by employees’ unhealthy behaviors is a significant factor in the economic efficiency of an organization.

Why should a company take steps to reduce smoking among employees? Because the company suffers physical, moral and material damages from smoking. These damages consist of:

–          Premature loss of skilled workers

–          Smoking reduces life expectancy by an average of 10-12 years and is one of the two main causes of premature mortality in Russia

–          Increased duration of absences from work due to illness

–          The frequency of disease in smokers is 9 % higher than in non-smokers, duration of sick leave significantly higher than non-smoking employees

–          Absence from work due to smoking. Smokers spend a lot of time smoking and are therefore frequently absent from the workplace. According to the research portal of SuperJob.ru, 31% of employed smokers take 3-4 smoke breaks per day, 37% smoke every hour, spending 5-10 minutes of work time in the smoking area.

–          Decrease in productivity. Studies also show that the productivity of smoking employees is significantly lower than the productivity of nonsmokers. Losses increase with the amount of smoked tobacco: those who smoke one pack of cigarettes a day or more experience a loss in productivity that is 75 % higher when compared with non-smokers.

–          Increased number of accidents and injuries in smokers when compared with nonsmoking employees.

–          Legal risks. Beginning on June 1, 2013, Russia has enacted a law “On the protection of public health from environmental tobacco smoke and the consequences of tobacco use.” In accordance with this law, smoking in public areas is banned and only allowed in designated places. Reducing smoking in the company shrinks the cost of the expensive equipment and maintenance required to legally permit smoking.

Conditions that exist in the workplace offer a chance to provide an opportunity to establish a motive for smoking cessation and help employees in the process of quitting.

What can the company do?

Ban smoking on company property. Such a ban will allow the company to comply with the requirements of the law that bans smoking in the workplace. This is not a fight against smoking (or smokers), but the implementation of the law of the Russian Federation.

Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas. Usually this is an area removed from the territory of non-smokers or a room equipped with good ventilation (not just smoking on the street near the entrance to the building).

In addition to compliance with the law, this action allows you to protect non-smokers from the consequences of tobacco smoke. Additionally, installing equipment for ventilated smoking areas in some ways protects the smokers as well, reducing the amount of smoke inhaled by them from the surrounding atmosphere.

Offer assistance. The company can offer professional help to employees who want to stop smoking. Having professional help and support significantly increases the rate of success in attempts to stop smoking and has a positive impact on the health of employees.

Motivation. When guided by the company’s goals and the desire to care for the health of employees, the company creates another, and often the most important motive for smoking cessation among employees.  This is done by putting into the practice the slogan “The Workplace is for Work “, which means a ban on smoking during working hours. Remember – there is no law that bans the right to smoke during working hours!

The desire to keep a job, along with the need to comply with the rules of the company and the laws of society creates a motive for smoking cessation. If support is offered in addition to the above-listed requirements, smoking cessation becomes a realistic goal!

What does the company get?

Lower attrition rate

Total increase in the level of employee health

Reduced costs of health care

Increased productivity

Image of an organization that cares about its employees

What do the employees get?

Smoke-free, safe surroundings

Effective professional help

Improved health

The opportunity to realize a dream and STOP SMOKING!

Corporate Health’s Smoking Cessation Program

Implementation of the program to reduce smoking in the company can be held in stages.

At the first stage the actions are aimed at increasing the awareness of the negative effects of smoking and the positive impact of smoking cessation, along with a message about the current available help. At this stage, assistance is offered to those employees who are willing to make an attempt to stop using nicotine.

In the second stage, administrative measures are laid out, which motivates smokers to stop smoking and the number of employees who applied to the program increases. By that time, the effectiveness of assistance is known throughout the company through the examples of those employees who have already stopped smoking.

Corporate Health will:

–          Help develop a plan for implementing the smoking cessation program in the company

–          Help develop an appropriate company policy on smoking

–          Provide the information necessary to develop program materials: posters, brochures, flyers, presentations, intranet, and other materials for staff with information on how to ask for help.

–          Hold seminars for employees and managers

–          Provide effective advice to employees who applied to the program. Help in smoking cessation is a series of individual or group counseling sessions that help participants understand the process of quitting smoking, the difficulties that they have to overcome, the need for lifestyle changes and sources of help and support that may be required.

Corporate Health’s Smoking Cessation Program was developed based on the best international programs that have proven successful in many companies around the world.  View the presentation “Strategies to reduce smoking in businesses and organizations”