Advice to kick the habit on National No Smoking Day

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There are more than 10 million adults in the UK that smoke, and although this figure shows a small decrease year on year, unfortunately it stays largely the same. Alarmingly with the law stating no tobacco products can be sold to anyone under the age of 18, two thirds of smokers do start smoking before this age.

Two thirds of current smokers would like to stop smoking but only 30-40% make an attempt to quit in any given year. Did you know a Health Shield health cash plan can help in the mission to improve everyday health and wellbeing and assist those who wish to quit smoking?

How can Health Shield help?

A Health Shield health cash plan offers benefits that can assist nipping the habit in the “butt” whether it’s altogether or just reducing the amount consumed.

Benefits include:

  • A dedicated online health assessment and personal coaching tool with fact sheets, videos, self-help programmes and educational resources to help employees quit or reduce the amount they smoke.
  • Employees can also relax in the knowledge that hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) treatments are included under the Health and Wellbeing benefit. These are alternative therapies which can aid employees in breaking certain habits.
  • Health Shield also offer PERKS – a discount website that provides all Health Shield members with discounted gym membership to help give them focus on a hobby away from smoking that will also benefit their overall health and fitness.

Stopping smoking is a habit that can take time and dedication; people smoke on average 12 a day, with men edging the statistics as more likely to be smokers. Health Shield can help.

When reading statistics like how there are approximately half a million hospital admissions a year with an initial diagnosis related to smoking, it certainly is a worry. That’s 4,500 people a day admitted with potential diseases like heart disease, cancer or respiratory problems.

Prices of tobacco are constantly on the rise, so this is a perfect time to stop and think about what can be done to improve health and wellbeing around you as well as saving money.

If you are an employer, improve your employee health and wellbeing with a Health Shield health cash plan and in turn you could see lower absenteeism rates for you and an ideal employee benefit for your company.

Sign up for a health cash plan with Health Shield today, and begin your journey with these benefits and much more available to take care of everyday health including dental, optical and physiotherapy. Visit our homepage to direct you to more information relevant to you.

Sources:

http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB17526/stat-smok-eng-2015-rep.pdf

http://www.ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_93.pdf