Council achieves Breathe Easy Award
Published on Tuesday 13th March 2012
Officers at Cannock Chase Council are celebrating after achieving the Breathe Easy Award. The award recognises the achievements of local businesses that create a supportive environment for its employees to quit smoking.
Cannock Chase Council is creating a working environment which encourages its employees to be smoke free.
The Smoke Free Van will be visiting the Council on Wednesday 14th March between 9am and 11am and will offer advice and information to Council workers who are thinking about giving up smoking.
The event is coinciding with national 'No Smoking Day' and will give people the help and support to quit smoking for life.
The advisors will measure the carbon monoxide in a person's blood stream and be able to tell them what they will look like in 30 years time if they continue to smoke. The event supports the Council's commitment to improving the health of both its local residents and its employees.
It is estimated by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) that an average 33 hours per year per smoker is lost to businesses through ill health and loss of productivity.
It makes business sense to invest in the health of employees as there are potential direct salary savings of £413 a year per employee by helping them to quit smoking.
Councillor Muriel Davis, Health and Wellbeing Leader, said:
"I am extremely pleased that Cannock Chase Council has achieved this award - it just shows that the Council is creating a working environment which enables its employees to give up smoking.
I would urge local businesses to get in touch with our Environmental Health Business Support team to find out more about investing in a healthy workplace as it could potentially have financial savings".
For further information about the Breathe Easy Award or how to create a healthy working environment, contact Environmental Health Business Support on 01543 464689.