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Embracing Different Smoking Cessation Programs for Employers

June 15, 2023
By Pivot
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Having a smoke-free workforce is more than just a healthy ideal; it's an achievable goal that can lead to increased productivity and a healthier, happier work environment. To help your employees effectively quit smoking, consider integrating a variety of smoking cessation programs tailored to their unique needs. In this article, we'll explore the potential benefits of coaching, support groups, and nicotine replacement therapy.

Coaching: Personal Guidance on the Journey to Quitting

Coaching can be a critical component of a smoking cessation program. Like a trusted guide in unfamiliar territory, coaches provide personalized advice and strategies to employees trying to quit smoking. These professional counselors are well-versed in the challenges that come with quitting, from the initial withdrawal symptoms to long-term craving management.

Through regular one-on-one sessions, either in-person or virtually, coaches can offer essential support to employees. Imagine having a personal fitness trainer, but instead of guiding you through a physical workout, they guide you through the complex and often daunting journey of quitting smoking.

Support Groups: A Community United Against Smoking

Support groups form a robust backbone for any smoking cessation initiative. These groups foster a sense of community among employees working towards a smoke-free life, providing a platform to share experiences, victories, and setbacks.

Dr. David Abrams, a renowned expert in tobacco control, aptly mentions, "Social support is not just beneficial but essential. It makes the quit attempt less isolating, and employees can draw strength from the shared experiences of their peers."

Nicotine Replacement Therapy: Turning the Enemy into an Ally

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) might seem paradoxical, but it's a scientifically-backed approach to combat nicotine addiction. By providing a controlled amount of nicotine, NRT products such as gum, patches, and lozenges can help alleviate withdrawal symptoms and cravings that come with quitting smoking.

Endorsed by health professionals, NRT has proven to double the chances of successfully quitting compared to unassisted attempts. Remember, the goal here is not to substitute one form of nicotine for another, but to gradually wean off the dependency while minimizing the discomfort of withdrawal.

Pivot Breathe: Revolutionizing Tobacco Cessation

Pivot Breathe, the industry's leading tobacco cessation program, offers a multifaceted approach to quitting tobacco, combining all of the above elements into one world-class program. Using a comprehensive, clinically-validated behavioral change platform, Pivot Breathe supports members in tracking and reducing tobacco use, challenging ingrained habits, and celebrating their successes at every stage of their quit journey.

At the heart of Pivot Breathe are three core pillars. The first is the FDA-cleared Breath Sensor, which measures carbon monoxide in the breath, a biomarker of smoking, providing real-time biofeedback and promoting motivation to quit. The second pillar is the dedicated health coach assigned to each member, offering personalized support to those seeking to quit smoking, vaping, or using other tobacco forms.

The final pillar comprises tools and challenges designed to help members modify their routines and habits. This includes practice quit attempts and the strategic use of nicotine replacement therapy, all geared towards supporting the transition to a healthier, smoke-free lifestyle. Pivot Breathe transforms the daunting process of quitting into a supported, manageable journey, empowering members to bid farewell to tobacco for good.

By considering these different types of smoking cessation programs, you can choose a combination that suits the needs of your employees best. Remember, the journey to quit smoking is a personal one, and having diverse options increases the chances of success. Encourage your employees to explore these opportunities and support them in their pursuit of a healthier, smoke-free life.

References

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