Nicotine dependence is a medical condition and needs to be treated that way. Working with a specialist on a quit plan that combines treatment of the physiological effects with counseling to address behavioral habits allows a much greater chance for success. Medications and patches can assist a person with a nicotine addiction, but equally important is to have the right support, both at home and at work, where the average person spends one-third of their life.
What Can Employers Do?
Nicotine cessation continues to be one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce healthcare costs and increase productivity in the workplace. Here are some steps that employers can take to support their employees and their bottom line:
About the Author: Connie Greene is senior vice president at RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery.
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