Smoking Cessation: Psychologist’s Advice

Not long ago, I was working with one of the USA-based MNCs. The company works for the wellness of people and the community, and what I admire about this company is that their offices have no “smoking room.”

Tabacco-Related Death Statistics

“Every year, tobacco alone kills more than 8 million people; 7 million of these deaths result from direct tobacco use, and around 1.2 million are from non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke.” (WHO, 2023).

“Over 80% of the world’s 1.3 billion tobacco users live in low- and middle-income countries.”

With so many deaths and more people smoking, it is important to spread awareness about the dangers of smoking. When it comes to the negative impact of smoking on health, it would be unfair to the facts to assume that only illiterate people smoke and use tobacco. College students, doctors, and even corporate employees have been observed smoking.

Smoking Among Corporate Workers

The growing number of smokers in the business world is a problem that needs to be fixed quickly.

When people smoke at work, it harms:

  • health,
  • work productivity, and
  • bad for the atmosphere of the company as a whole.

Health risks of smoking

The health risks associated with smoking are well known throughout the world. Smoking causes a range of health issues, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory diseases. Passive smoking is as hazardous as smoking itself. This means that even if an employee doesn’t smoke, if the guy sits next to a smoker, the guy is exposed to secondary smoking and its harmful effects.

Smoking hurts work efficiency. Several studies show that smokers take more breaks than nonsmokers, which makes them less productive. Smoking also causes more people to miss work because smokers are more likely to call in sick because of health problems.

Lastly, smoking has a bad effect on the workplace’s general atmosphere. When smoking is allowed at work, people who don’t smoke feel uncomfortable, which is bad for morale. Also, smoking makes the air dirtier, which makes everyone’s time at work less fun. There was some research comparing the smoking rooms with other areas of the airport and corporate house, and it was found that these rooms were darker even if painted or decorated recently.

Employers must think about making a smoke-free policy if they want to stop their employees from smoking.

This policy should make it illegal for employees to smoke everywhere they go, not just at work. Firms should also offer seminars on how to stop smoking and nicotine replacement therapy to help employees quit. Employers can make the workplace healthier and more productive by making it a no-smoking zone and providing services to help employees stop smoking.

Plans to reduce smoking at the workplace

Well, the cessation of smoking is a serious issue for business employees. Significant health risks are associated with smoking, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. It is also a leading source of job absenteeism and lost productivity.

Setting up a smoke-free policy is the first step to helping business employees quit smoking.

This can be done by making it illegal to smoke at work, offering programmes to help people quit, and giving rewards to people who do.

Programs to help people stop smoking and programmes to give them incentives should both include information about the health risks of smoking. These initiatives should also provide employees with information and assistance to help them stop.

Some incentives to quit could be saving money on health insurance premiums, getting more vacation days, or something else.

In addition to programmes and incentives to help people stop smoking, employers should also help employees who are trying to quit. This could mean giving employees who are trying to quit access to therapy and support groups, as well as giving them the option of working different hours.

Employers should also encourage employees to participate in healthy lifestyle-promoting activities. This could mean giving people access to gyms and fitness centres, bringing healthy snacks to the office, and encouraging people to take part in physical activities.

To sum up, smoking is not suitable for you. Instead, it makes you more likely to get a long-term illness, causes a lot of early deaths in the community, and is a burden on the country and economy. By taking proper steps, employers can help their workers quit smoking and improve their overall health and productivity. This will be good for both the employees and the company since healthier employees are more productive and miss less work due to health problems.

PS: This article was first published in our newsletter, “MindGlass: Psychology in Practice,” on LinkedIn.com. It was later published here.


Mr. Ashutosh Tiwari, who is a psychologist, leads seminars and talks in person and online about how to deal with drug abuse, teenagers’ mental health, elder care, and employee wellness programs. Soon, you will be able to watch and listen to these seminars and speeches on our YouTube channel and the MindGlass Wellbeing website. If you would like to get in contact with us, please send an email to mindglass.in@gmail.com.

 

Not long ago, I was working with one of the USA-based MNCs. The company works for the wellness of people and the community, and what I admire about this company is that their offices have no “smoking room.” Tabacco-Related Death…

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