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6 Resources to Help Your Employees Quit Smoking

June 14, 2023
By Pivot
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Quitting smoking is hard, and people who smoke need all the help they can get. Let your employees know they’re not alone by providing them with the tools, resources, and encouragement they need to kick the habit for good.

Here’s a deep dive into the six best resources to help your employees quit smoking.

6 Resources to Help Employees Quit Smoking

Help your workforce stop smoking with these six resources:

  1. Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)
  2. Smoking cessation workshops and training
  3. Health insurance benefits
  4. Supportive workplace policies
  5. Employee wellness programs
  6. Peer support networks

Here are the details!

1. Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are comprehensive support systems designed to assist employees in addressing personal issues that may affect their well-being and performance. By partnering with an EAP provider, you can offer a valuable resource to employees who want to quit smoking.

EAPs often include resources specifically aimed at helping employees quit smoking. Some even offer access to counseling, nicotine replacement therapy, online support groups, and educational materials.

2. Smoking cessation workshops and training

Smoking cessation workshops or training sessions can provide employees with valuable insights into the health risks associated with smoking. Your workforce will also learn valuable tips for quitting and strategies to manage nicotine withdrawal. 

By bringing in experts or collaborating with local health organizations, you can create a supportive environment that encourages employees to quit smoking.

3. Health insurance benefits

Incorporating smoking cessation coverage into your health insurance plan demonstrates your commitment to supporting your staff as they work towards a smoke-free life. To get started, review your organization's health insurance plan and identify what smoking cessation benefits are available. 

Many health insurance plans cover smoking cessation treatments such as:

  • EAPs
  • counseling sessions
  • prescription medications
  • nicotine replacement therapies

4. Supportive workplace policies

Supportive workplace policies can significantly contribute to your employees' smoking cessation success. Here are some tips:

  • Smoking areas. Create designated smoking areas away from main entrances and common areas. This will minimize exposure to secondhand smoke. Plus, if smokers don’t see other people smoking, they might be less inclined to light up.
  • Accommodations. Consider offering flexible work schedules to accommodate medical appointments or counseling sessions related to smoking cessation. 
  • Go smoke-free. Make your workplace a smoke-free environment. This will help your employees in their quitting journey while promoting a healthier workplace for all.

5. Employee wellness programs and benefits

Incorporate smoking cessation programs and benefits into your employee wellness plan. They’re a fantastic way to keep your workforce motivated on their journey to quit smoking. 

Wellness initiatives can include incentives, challenges, and rewards for employees who quit smoking or participate in smoking cessation activities. Not only will these programs foster a healthier environment for your employees, they also align with your company’s wellness goals at large.

Online resources and mobile apps are also powerful tools in the quest to quit smoking. There are numerous apps available that provide support, motivation, and tracking features to help individuals quit smoking. And call us biased, but we think Pivot Breathe is the best. 😉 

Your employees will benefit from features such as goal setting, progress tracking, distraction techniques, and community support forums.

6. Peer support networks

Connecting employees who are going through the quitting process – or have successfully quit – can provide a sense of camaraderie and motivation. These networks can be informal, allowing individuals to share their experiences, challenges, and strategies for quitting smoking.

What Makes Pivot Breathe Stand Out?

At Pivot Breathe, we take a holistic approach to smoking cessation. We understand that breaking the addiction cycle is tough, that it takes time and practice, and people shouldn’t have to go through it alone.

Here’s what makes us stand out from the crowd.

Breath Sensor

The Pivot Breath Sensor is proven to motivate people to quit. To use it, a person simply has to breathe into the device. The censor then lets them know how much carbon dioxide (CO) is in their breath.

Unlike competitive devices, users don't need to wait to connect their device to see their results. The Breath Sensor provides instant insights and celebrates with users every step of the way. Your employees will enjoy measurable daily improvements and become inspired by their success.

Not to brag, but the Pivot Breath Censor is the first ever FDA-cleared OTC device to help people quit tobacco and the only one with claims to back it up! 🥳


Our board-certified coaches are tobacco treatment specialists, making them experts in the smoking cessation field. They ensure each of your enrolled employees get a unique experience based on their individual quit goal. Engaging with a Pivot coach increases the likelihood of quitting by 3.6x!

User Journey

Everyone starts their quit journey at a different stage of readiness, and we meet each user where they are. We support people as they build healthy habits and work towards their goals. 

As users learn and understand more about their routines and triggers, they can work with their coach to tailor a quit strategy that works for them.

We’ll Save You Money

With the support of a dedicated marketing team, Pivot enrolls 5–10 more members compared to the competition. This leads to a 10–20% increase in quitters, which is directly linked to a reduction in health claims. 

Studies estimate that the annual excess healthcare cost to employ a person who smokes is around $4,000. So why not improve your workforce’s health and reduce costs at the same time? Your employees will thank you, and so will your finances!


Supporting employees in their efforts to quit smoking is a win-win situation. By providing the necessary resources, tools, and support, you can empower your employees to lead healthier lives and create a more productive work environment

In addition to Pivot Breathe, you can offer other resources such as:

  • Smoking cessation workshops and training
  • Health insurance benefits
  • Online resources and mobile apps
  • Supportive workplace policies
  • Employee wellness programs
  • Peer support networks

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