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Why Should People Quit Smoking at Work?

Why Should People Quit Smoking at Work?

Cigarette smoking has been identified as contributing to several preventable issues including premature death in the United States. Millions of people live with smoking-related diseases including lung cancer, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and the list goes on. Smoking at work can elevate people’s risk dramatically and even lower productivity. Find out why this occurs and what can be done to change smoking habits in the workplace.

Smoking at Work

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate smoking costs American companies billions of dollars in health expenses and lost productivity. This means that smokers cost employers thousands of dollars on people who do not smoke due to healthcare costs. As healthcare costs continue to skyrocket, more companies are trying to find ways of paying for these increased costs while managing benefits for employees. Smokers cost more than employees do.  Aside from increased medical costs, companies also face:

  • Increased absenteeism for illness
  • Lowered productivity
  • Increased accidents and injuries
  • Difficulty staying focused with smoke breaks breaking up the work day

Nicotine is a powerful drug which is addictive. Though a smoker’s needs may be satisfied by smoking, they are likely to crave another ‘hit’ from the nicotine mere minutes after finishing a cigarette. The symptoms of physical and psychological withdrawal are massively disruptive to a person’s workday, but also overall wellbeing.

Treating Addiction

Getting people who smoke into a cessation program may seem daunting. Many smoker want (and have tried) to quit, but they find it difficult to manage. The reality is many who try make several attempts before finally quitting. Drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs provide smoking cessation programs that focus on techniques that can help people stay clear on their goals, go through withdrawal, and find ways to cope better with triggers in the environment. Working on a program with other people can provide accountability and support a person in not feeling alone while working on their recovery from nicotine addiction. The key to helping enforce better habits for employees in the workplace is to offer incentives to quit smoking and provide spaces to explore their options so they have time (and perhaps benefits) to help them get on the right path to recovery for good.

So often, people with addiction to drugs and alcohol also struggle with addiction to nicotine including vaping devices and cigarettes, among others. We help create a comprehensive program that addresses all the symptoms of withdrawal for substance abuse and helps get you on the right track to recovery from addiction. To find out more about how to get started, call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401