Workplace 28 day stop smoking challenge
The ‘Workplace 28 day stop smoking challenge’ is a great opportunity for businesses to encourage employees to quit smoking in a workplace setting.
Research indicates if a person stops smoking for 28 days or more, they are 5 times more likely to stop for good.
The challenge is aimed at businesses throughout Northern Ireland. Individual employees can also register to take part in the 28 day challenge.
The 28 day stop smoking challenge can help bring a range of benefits for both employee and employer, eg better health and reduced absence due to sickness.
Lots of businesses throughout Northern Ireland have taken part in the initiative since it was launched in 2014.
Find out more about how companies embraced the 28 day workplace initiative to help their staff to stop smoking.
It’s simple to register. To take part just follow the most appropriate link below.
There is also a leaflet and poster about the challenge available that can be downloaded. The leaflet is full of useful information on how to organise your own workplace challenge. It also has tips on how to let everyone know your workplace is taking part and how to get people involved.
The workplace 28 day stop smoking challenge is a Public Health Agency (PHA) initiative in partnership with the Western Health and Social Care Trust; Belfast City Council; Northern Group Systems, Cancer Focus and Closing the Gap.
Information on other support available
The PHA funds stop smoking support services through GP practices and community pharmacies across Northern Ireland – search for those close to you. It also funds stop smoking services for employers and employees at their place of work. All services are free and confidential. For more information, go to Workplace Stop Smoking Service.
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Smoking in the workplace
The results of the Northern Ireland Health Survey (2013/14), which includes questions about smoking, show that 22% of adults in Northern Ireland smoke, with smoking being most common among manual workers.
Using the workplace setting to encourage and support people to quit smoking creates a win-win situation for everyone:
- better health;
- increased productivity;
- reduced absence due to sickness;
- improved staff morale;
- pleasant working environment;
- good corporate image.
The Workplace Stop Smoking Service has been set up to provide FREE assistance for employers across Northern Ireland. Check the contact points for those delivering these services in your local area. Feel free to contact them to discuss your needs.
To find out what types of services are provided, the benefits to your workplace, and what’s involved for your workplace, visit the Workplace Stop Smoking Services page.