Smoking Cessation

The key to quitting smoking is preparation. That’s why we run Preparing to Quit workshops.

Why support your employees to quit?

Supporting your employees to stop smoking won’t just benefit their health – it will be benefit your business. According to Public Health England, people who smoke take an average of two or three days more sick leave per year. Together with lost productivity from regular cigarette breaks, employees who smoke are estimated to cost UK businesses £7.5 billion a year.

Almost three quarters of smokers say they would like to quit. And each year, more than a third (39%) attempt to quit. But only a small proportion (about 5%) successfully stop smoking. With specialist support, however, smokers are up to four times more likely to successfully quit.

The key to stopping smoking in the long term is in the preparation, and that’s where Gateway comes in.

How it works: ‘Preparing to Quit’ sessions

Over six bespoke sessions, our fully trained Health and Wellbeing Facilitators support groups of employees to prepare to quit, giving them a better chance of making a permanent, sustainable behaviour change. We look at key areas such as managing stress and leading a healthier lifestyle, and offer support and techniques to deal with the physical and emotional barriers and challenges that people face when giving up smoking. We’re the specialists at supporting people to make lifestyle changes that stick. Call 0121 456 7820 to book now.

The six ‘preparing to quit’ sessions include:

Stress management: Stress is the main reason that people say they smoke. So being prepared to manage stress is a key part of preparing to give up.

Food and mood: Many people worry about gaining weight when they stop smoking. We look at the complex relationship between food and mood.

Physical activity: Building physical activity into everyday life is easier than you think. Our experts will help people to get more active, which in turn will help them to quit smoking more easily.

By the end of the course, most participants will already have cut down by a significant amount. Most will be ready to quit altogether, perhaps with the help of nicotine replacement therapies (NRT), and we can offer additional one-to-one next step support for those who want it.

Why Gateway?

Our professional, passionate Health and Wellbeing Facilitators have been supporting people in local communities to make long-lasting lifestyle changes for over ten years. Now, we’ve adapted our years of experience to create value-for-money health and wellbeing courses for businesses, allowing us to support an even wider group of people.

We can deliver this Smoking Cessation course in your workplace — over a series of lunchtimes, say — or you can come to us and use our training rooms in Edgbaston.

Gateway is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC), so any money we make goes straight back into the community. As well as supporting your own employees to better health, you could be funding our foodbank, our schools teams, or our social prescribing service supporting people with issues around housing, finance and social isolation.

RSPH Level 2 Award in Supporting Smoking Cessation

If you would like to become qualified to deliver this course yourself, we also deliver an RSPH-accredited award in Supporting Smoking Cessation. This qualification is for people who are interested in helping others to develop a healthier lifestyle by stopping smoking. You will increase your knowledge and understanding of why people smoke, the personal and social consequences of this and how you can help and support people to stop smoking. Call 0121 456 7820 for more details.