in the workplace
In an effort to provide a safe and healthy environment, workplaces are encouraged to support their employees in living tobacco free. Studies indicate that there are many benefits to helping employees quit smoking. Here are a few:
- Improved employee health: Employee health is an invaluable resource. Investing in employee health is beneficial as a healthy staff is a very important asset.
- Increased productivity: Non-smokers take fewer sick days and fewer breaks.
- Enhanced job satisfaction: When employees are healthy, there is an improvement in their morale and overall quality of work.
- Better corporate image: Employers who offer cessation support show they care about their employees’ health and well being. It also portrays a positive corporate image.
The Smokers’ Helpline offers the following services to workplaces to help employees quit smoking:
- Over-the-phone support
- Group counselling programs (often available on site)
- Resource materials
- Information sessions
- Display booths
- Training opportunities
- E-counselling and resources through the Smokers’ Helpline website
- CARE Referral Program to connect employees with personalized Helpline services to help them quit
- We can also provide assistance in the development and implementation of smoke-free policies and programs.
The CARE Fax Referral Program can also be used in the workplace setting to help connect people with quit-smoking support. Anyone can use CARE to refer, however it may be a good idea to have a designated person in charge of offering help with smoking cessation. This may be a manager or health and safety coordinator.
The intervention takes 1-2 minutes to complete and has the potential to significantly improve a person’s chances of quitting successfully.
The following four steps outline the referral process:
1. Ask the individual if they use tobacco products or if they have recently quit.
2. If the individual answers yes, briefly discuss the benefits of being tobacco free and Advise that there is support available. Ask if they would like to be referred to the Smokers’ Helpline for free support in quitting and/or staying tobacco-free.
3. With the individual’s consent, Refer them to the Smokers’ Helpline by completing the CARE Fax Referral Form with the client.
4. Fax the completed Referral Form to the Smokers’ Helpline secure fax line at 709-726-2550.
Once the referral is received at the Smokers’ Helpline office, a trained Helpline counsellor will call the individual within 72 hours to provide information on the services available to assist them with quitting smoking and living tobacco free.
If the individual declines the referral, provide the Smokers’ Helpline toll-free number (1-800-363-5864) and website (www.smokershelp.net) and encourage them to call when they are ready.
Download the CARE Referral Form and start referring employees today.
Here are some more tips on ways to incorporate messages about quitting smoking into your workplace:
- Inform employees about the advantages of living smoke free.
- Utilize workplace communication tools and promote the CARE Program via newsletters; bulletin boards; email/intranet; mailouts; booth displays; employee health and wellness fairs.
- Have a designated person in the workplace who oversees quit-smoking initiative. This may be: Occupation health nurses, Employee assistance program coordinator, Occupational health and safety committee members, Wellness consultants, Human resources advisers, Health and wellness educators, Union representatives, or any other leader with an interest in promoting the available supports.
Call us today to see how we can help your workplace: 1-800-363-5864.