3. Quit smoking support
Helping smokers quit is a key element of a successful smoke-free workplace policy. Employees who want to quit smoking need encouragement and support. Some people will require several attempts before quitting successfully.
There are several ways you can support your employees to quit smoking:
Join the Workplace Quit Smoking Program
The free Workplace Quit Smoking Program is available to Queensland workplaces in high-risk industries with employees in blue collar occupations.
Employees on the program receive behavioural counselling (delivered by the Quitline service) combined with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), such as patches, gum and lozenges.
Subsidise quit smoking products
Introduce a scheme for employees to buy quit smoking products at a subsidised rate.
One of the main product types is nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), such as patches, gums, lozenges or mouth spray.
The other main product type is non-nicotine medication, such as Bupropion Hcl (Zyban) and Varenicline (Champix), which are available by prescription from a doctor.
For more information, download the quit smoking products factsheet.
Support Quitline counselling for employees
Give employees details of Queensland Government’s Quitline (13 78 48) service and consider letting them use it during work hours.
Quitline is a free, confidential telephone helpline. Professional counsellors provide strategies and support to help people quit smoking, and they can give advice on the use of medication and nicotine replacement therapy.
The service is available 7 days a week for the price of a local phone call.
Promote quit smoking apps
Website or mobile phone apps can support your employees to quit smoking.
A good example is the Australian Government’s My QuitBuddy. The free mobile phone app allows people to track their quit smoking progress and gives them supportive messages along the way.
If you have young female employees, Queensland Government’s free QuitTracker app is also an effective quitting tool.