The UK Government smoking ban in public places and the
workplace becomes law as of 1st July 2007. Already large corporations such as BT and local NHS
Trusts have implemented the ban ahead of schedule.
The smoking ban - The problem
If you work for the MOD and want a smoke, you may have to drive miles off premise to do so. If you are an NHS nurse you actually have to change out of uniform before you can go off premise to smoke.
Aside from the obvious health issues and cost of smoking, which employer wants to possibly lose the staff who just cannot comply with the ban? Who wants to be fined?
Employers that fail to comply with the law could be fined between £200 and £1,000 for failing to display 'no smoking' signs, and between £200 and £2,500 for failing to enforce the ban. Employees could face a £50 penalty for flouting the ban.
Companies in the US now outlaw smoking completely, even away from work, and actually test employees to see if they are still smokers.
It is a fact that some 70% of existing smokers wish to become non-smokers, and and that these smokers are ten times more likely to give up with support.
The smoking ban - The solution
To help employers retain staff, improve health and comply with the smoking ban, Weller Associates have devised a corporate strategy to help companies comply with the smoking ban in a very cost effective way.
This can be achieved with a downloadable stop smoking hypnotherapy session via the online arm of Weller Associates, through a Stop smoking download from Hypnotic Tracks.
A stop smoking session can be downloaded instantly (CD if preferred).
With the download comes comprehensive back up and coaching. Newsletter follow up provides further support and encouragement. Plus survey sweeps are conducted to monitor results from beginning to end.
In-house support with group and 121 sessions are also available thus providing comprehensive back up.
Weller Associates started working with the BBC in January 2007 to run their corporate stop
smoking campaign. There are 28,000 employess in the BBC so it is an exciting opportunity for Weller Associates.
The aim of the project is to help their employees stop smoking prior to the smoking ban on 1st July 2007.
The project is using a package of online resources and in house group stop
smoking sessions to ensure that employees are helped to stop smoking in the quickest and the most cost effective way -
Full coaching support and counselling have also been made available. This is a revolutionary approach to stop smoking
in the workplace, and is part of the BBC healthier lifestyle and work-life balance campaign for employees. Click here to see the BBC Club page on our downloads site.
The smoking ban - Non hypnotherapy based solutions
"Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. Willpower, it turns out, counts for very little". (New Scientist, Volume 136 issue 1845 31 Oct 1992, page 6)
What are the other options for stopping smoking?
Accupuncture up to 25% success rate
Zyban (Drug) with its side effects, up to 21% success rate
Nicotine patches (with their side effects) up to 13%