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Smokefree Leicester Employers


When Leicester goes smokefree on July 1st 2007 what will all the smokers do?

The reason we ask this question is simple; there is a lot of information about the UK smoking ban in the media at present, but there doesn’t seem to be much about the support available for those smokers who actually want to become non-smokers.

The governments “smokefree” campaign has started just 4 weeks before the UK ban, and although the ads are spread across a wide range of media (from busses to cinema, TV and radio) there focus is on the fact that smokers wont be able to smoke in any confined publics places, rather than where smokers will be able to get the help and support they need to actual become “smokefree” themselves.

Recently there was a back lash from UK employers when it was suggested in the media that they should support their staff and provided them with paid time off for “smoking cessation” services. This was part of a range of measures being recommended to businesses by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

With a good quality session of Hypnosis re-enforced with some NLP many people can kick the habit in under 90 minutes, and many within an hour. This compares favourably against the NHS STOP programme or NRT treatment which can last 2 – 3 months!
As non-smokers make fitter and healthier employees it makes sense for employers to help smokers who want to quit smoking for good. It has been shown the levels of concentration and attendance is lower amongst smokers compared to employees who don’t smoke and the related health cost for those companies offering private health care as part of the employee’s benefit package to be considerably higher.

One way for employers to start is to let their employees know about the free “becoming a non-smoker” information pack offered by to anyone living in the UK. The pack offers advice about preparing for not only going smoke free but the real cost and benefit of making the decision to stop smoking.

Dr David Sloan, a public health specialist at NICE, said: “We know that overall around three out of four smokers want to quit.
“It’s important for employees and their representatives to work with employers on what support they need to give up smoking, and to encourage their employers to make support available.

“Along with the health benefits of stopping smoking, employees who quit will give themselves an instant pay rise - a 20-a-day smoker will save nearly £2,000 a year by stopping.”

In the present climate of pressure many smokers may be put off at being “forced” in to making a positive move towards becoming “smokefree”. With this in mind the free “becoming a non-smoker” information pack offered by give back some of the choice, in conjunction with some good old fashion information, facts and figures.

Did we mention that it is free…


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