Employers encouraged to help smokers quit

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued advice on the support that smokers should be offered in their workplace to help them quit smoking.

Guidance for employers to help smokers to quit
Guidance for employers to help smokers to quit

The new advice comes as workplaces in England prepare to go smokefree from 1 July, creating an additional opportunity to help improve health by supporting those smokers who want to give up.

Aimed mainly at employers, but also at employees and those responsible for ensuring workplaces go smokefree and for providing stop smoking support, the NICE guidance recommends the most effective ways to encourage and support employees to stop smoking.

These include providing information on local stop smoking services, and allowing smokers to attend stop smoking clinics during working hours without loss of pay.

Andrew Dillon, chief executive of NICE and executive lead for this guidance, said: 'Smoking causes an estimated 86,500 deaths in England each year, and is responsible for a wide range of disease and conditions including cancers, coronary heart disease, impotence and infertility. Going smokefree is a win-win situation for both employers and employees, and our advice sets out the best approach to making it happen.'

The guidance can be found on the NICE website.

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