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Use this World No-Tobacco Day to encourage smoking employees to quit the habit

by , 31 May 2013
According to the World Health Organisation, tobacco kills nearly six million people every year. And more than 600 000 of those deaths are non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke. So as the world observes World No Tobacco Day today, why not consider encouraging your employees to quit smoking? Here are four tips you can use to offer non-financial incentives to help smoking employees quit the habit.

World No Tobacco Day is aimed at promoting a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the world as well as raising awareness of the dangers of smoking.

Your company can use this day to encourage smoking employees to quit. And the good news is it won't cost you a fortune.

You can simply use cost effective and non-financial incentives to encourage your employees to stop smoking all together.

Use these low-cost rewards to help smoking employees quit the habit
  1. Offer time off work for the first three months in lieu of the time they would've spent on smoke breaks. 'Even an hour or two off on a Friday is fine. It's a good idea to offer the same benefits to non-smokers so they don't feel like smokers get preferential treatment,' advises The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.
  2. Quitter of the month. You can post a picture on the staff notice board or website and announce the quitter of the month at a staff meeting.
  3. Create a friendly competition between soon-to-be non-smokers. This'll help them encourage each other to quit.
  4. Reward quitters with meal or movie vouchers.
In addition to this, the National Council Against Smoking (NCAS) says smokers may be pleasantly surprised to find that quitting is easier than they think. 'They can get free help in stopping smoking by calling the Quitline on 011 720-3145,' says the Council.

Using these tips could help your employees quit smoking and promote 'no tobacco day' every day.

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