The law was introduced to protect employees and the public from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.
Go the extra mile… help your staff to stop smoking!
Employers are not legally obliged to help employees to stop smoking. However, employers that do provide cessation support could reduce the risk of non-compliance with the law, as well as taking advantage of the opportunity it offers to improve people's health. They will also benefit from reduced sickness absence and increased productivity.
A large majority of smokers say that they would like to quit for good and the smokefree regulations will give them yet another reason to want to stop. Employees in your workplace may be considering quitting and as an employer you are in a position to help them in conjunction with local NHS support.
For more information about how to help your staff to stop smoking, please contact Sheffield NHS Stop Smoking Service on 0800 068 4490.
“I have utilised the stop smoking service in the workplace on two occasions now and each time it has been extremely beneficial for the company and the employees. The employees are able to access professional advice on site weekly, through one to one or in group sessions.
They have commented on how enjoyable, professional and informative the service is and they can access it in work time, without having to find a course in the evenings or weekends, when they may not have time to or be able to travel to. They also have found colleague support during their shift is also very beneficial.
The benefits to the business have been promoting well being and trying to improve health, reducing potential disease and complications of smoking and also trying to help reduce potential sickness absence days”.
Occupational Health Nurse, Sheffield Workplace
“I feel the service was fantastically delivered. The stop smoking adviser was really helpful and made the process seamless”.
Mike Adams, DSGI
“We’ve had fantastic feedback from employees who found the Stop Smoking sessions enjoyable and supportive, with personal programmes being worked up for each individual. Everyone who attended the sessions managed to quit, and 50% are still smoke free six months later. This is a great success and has been a really positive element to our in-house Wellbeing programme”.
Cathrine Ashworth, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive
It is illegal to smoke inside enclosed public places and workplace. This applies to all businesses such as pubs, clubs, membership clubs, cafes, restaurants, shopping centres, offices, public and work transport.
Key points are:
SmokeFree England describes the SmokeFree Legislation.
SmokeFree signage in various sizes is available to download.