Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young says employers can help workers quit smoking by joining the free Workplace Quit Smoking Program.
Delivered by the Queensland Quitline service, the program is part of Queensland Government’s Healthier. Happier. Workplaces initiative which supports businesses to develop workplace health and wellbeing programs.
“If your workers are ready to quit smoking, they don’t have to do it alone,” Dr Young says.
“The Workplace Quit Smoking Program supports workers to quit through a combination of counselling and nicotine replacement therapy, such as patches, gum or lozenges.
“The program is for Queensland workplaces with workers in blue-collar occupations, such as trade workers, labourers, drivers or machinery operators, including industries like construction, transport, wholesale, manufacturing, mining, agriculture, fisheries and forestry.
“The program is free and easy to administer so all eligible businesses should take advantage of this great opportunity.”
Dr Young says supporting workers to quit smoking and creating a smoke-free workplace could bring immediate business benefits.
“Helping your workers to quit smoking can boost your business, especially as a part of a wider workplace wellness program,” Dr Young says.
“Around 500,000 Queensland adults smoke on a daily basis. By supporting people to quit smoking at work—the place where we spend most of our daily lives— we can make a real, lasting difference to the health and wellbeing of Queenslanders, while helping Queensland businesses reach new heights of success.”