Tobacco smoking is a leading cause of preventable death and disease. More than 3000 Queenslanders die from smoking each year. Quitting can be difficult. About 80% of smokers have tried to quit at least once and it can take multiple attempts. However, support is available and the benefits of quitting start almost immediately.
Workplace quit smoking strategies have an immediate return on investment. Reducing the health effects to tobacco users has flow-on effects for business, particularly reduced sick leave and improved productivity.
Making a quit smoking strategy part of your workplace wellness program is a positive move.
Ideas for action: encouraging workers to quit smoking
The Workplace Quit Smoking Program targets workers in blue collar occupations where there is a higher risk of developing smoking-related preventable chronic diseases (some cancers, heart disease, type 2 diabetes).
This free 16-week program involves contact with Quitline counsellors and nicotine replacement therapy such as patches, gum and lozenges.
Develop a smoke-free workplace policy
A smoke-free workplace policy helps create physical environments and a workplace culture that supports non-smoking and people who want to quit. Activities can include:
- ensuring the workplace complies with state tobacco laws
- implementing smoke-free places or smoking bans
- identifying opportunities to support workers to quit (such as counselling services, nicotine replacement therapy and promoting quit messages).
Promote the Quitline
Quitline, 13 QUIT (13 78 48), is a confidential service for people wanting to quit smoking. Trained counsellors are available 7-days a week to offer support and encouragement. Quit smoking resources are also available.
Encourage employees to seek advice
Doctors, pharmacists and other health professionals offer support to quit smoking. Nicotine replacement therapy like nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, inhalers and sublingual (under-the-tongue) tablets can help. Prescription-only medications are also available.
To obtain ‘no smoking’ signage and stickers for the workplace, phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68).
- Quitline 13 QUIT (13 78 48)
- Quit smoking
- Tobacco laws
- Quit now
- Cancer Council Queensland – Helpline phone 13 11 20