Employers Urged To Help Staff Quit Smoking

Cancer charities encourage businesses to help staff who smoke to quit

Recent research has found office workers are more likely to smoke than workers in any other industry in Northern Ireland (British Heart Foundation).

The report said 35% of those working in an office smoke, compared to the NI average rate of 22%. Second highest were those in the food services industry at 30%. Smoking was the primary cause of preventable illness and premature death, accounting for 2,300 deaths in Northern Ireland every year.


Employers can benefit from encouraging staff to quit by having a healthier workforce. Productivity could improve through reduced sickness absence and less smoke breaks.

Find more information

Find information on workplace smoking policies in nibusinessinfo‘sĀ guide on workplace policies on smoking, drugs and alcohol.

No smoking day is on 11 March 2015. Find resources to support your staff to quit smoking on the No Smoking Day website.