Did you know cigarette smoking is the leading cause of death in the United States? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 37.8 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes. While smoking has declined on a national level, an estimated 10.8 million Americans use e-cigarettes. Tobacco, sadly, still poses a threat nationally, globally, and even within the workplace.
To help employees strive toward improved health and wellness, many employers incorporate a tobacco cessation program as part of their corporate wellness plan. The results: healthier employees and overall lower risk of chronic disease.
Find Out How a Tobacco Cessation Program Benefits Everyone in the Workplace
No matter what form tobacco comes in, its harmful side effects can lead to short- and long-term health problems. Tobacco smoke, for example, contains an impressive combination of over 7,000 chemicals, hundreds of which are harmful. About 70 of these have been known to cause cancer.
Unfortunately, people turn to e-cigarettes with the assumption that vaping isn’t as harmful as smoking cigarettes. However, vaping involves the expulsion of an aerosol that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and other additives. Since the onset and popularity of vaping are relatively new, the full negative health implications are still unknown.
Still, early research findings suggest that some e-cigarette substances can cause breathing problems.
How does this information pertain to the workplace? In addition to stifling productivity due to smoke breaks and other negative side effects, smokers cost employers close to $6,000 more per year than nonsmokers.
At Wellworks For You, we support companies who want to integrate a tobacco cessation program into the workplace. Learn about our approach to boosting employees’ healthy habits.
How Does This Program Work?
Companies with the desire to implement tobacco cessation as part of their wellness offerings often wonder what to look for. It’s important to develop a comprehensive plan. The Wellworks for You Tobacco Cessation Program includes:
- An informative program packet that includes quizzes and questionnaires
- A six-session webinar series
- An overview for each week with tips from a Health Coach
- Regularly scheduled check-ins with a Wellworks For You Health Coach
To ensure employees will quit smoking for the long haul, our Wellworks For You Tobacco Cessation Program is compartmentalized into six, accessible components. The six-part series includes tobacco cessation aids such as nicotine replacement therapy, medications, an examination of triggers, and stress management techniques. Employees can also access our tools for relapse prevention.
Take a look at the structure for each Wellworks For You Tobacco Cessation session:
- Session One: Why Quit?
- Tobacco facts
- Recognizing reasons to quit
- How to change your habits
- Process of behavior change
- Benefits of quitting
- Session Two: Tobacco Cessation Aids
- Types of Nicotine Replacement Therapy
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Coping & Support
- Creating a plan
- Session Three: The Quit Plan
- Breaking down barriers
- Understanding why you use tobacco
- Understanding physical, mental, and social aspects of addiction
- Prepare for quit date
- Session Four: Managing Stress and Building Support
- Identifying stress
- Techniques to manage stress
- How much will you save?
- Moving toward quit day
- Session Five: Quit Day
- Quitting celebration
- Positive self-talk
- How to handle quit day
- Managing your feelings
- Sleep and concentration
- Manage your cravings
- Session Six: Relapse prevention
- Lapse vs. Relapse
- Overcoming slips and obstacles
- Eating well and staying healthy
- Maintaining a tobacco-free life
When your employees are empowered with a comprehensive tobacco cessation program, employers will likely experience a host of benefits, including:
- Reduced absenteeism
- Lowered healthcare-related costs
- Healthier and more energetic employees
The best part about our tobacco cessation program is having everything you need for employees to successfully quit nicotine in one program. Wellworks For You strives to provide companies just like yours with the highest quality health and wellness services to bring you and your employees one step closer to a successful, healthy lifestyle.
If you would like more information about the best tobacco cessation program for results, simply click here or call us at 800-425-4657.