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Smokefree policy

Here you will find information that may be of use to your organisation in progressing its smokefree direction.

Organisational Commitment

Commitment to smokefree and staff recruitment

The staff recruitment process presents an excellent opportunity to let candidates know about your organisation's smokefree policy and views regarding supporting both staff and service users who smoke to quit.

An example of how one could say this during the recruitment process would be:

"...I'd like to let you know that here at (organisation) we feel strongly that it is our role as a health care provider to provide the best possible support for our staff and service users to become smokefree. We have a Smokefree Policy which outlines, amongst other things, that staff can only smoke offsite and out of uniform. We have people trained within the organisation who can provide staff and clients support to become smokefree".

Healthy Workplace Programme

Heartbeat Challenge is a health promotion programme that addresses cardiovascular and diabetes risk factors (poor nutrition, physical inactivity, smoking and stress) in workplaces. The aim of the programme is to create a workplace environment that supports wellbeing.

To discuss this area further email Judy Montgomery (Workplace Health Project Manager) or phone (09) 623 4600 ext 27749.

Integrating ABC into processes and client information systems

The way that client's smoking status is assessed will vary depending on the organisation and service type. There are many ways to ask (A) people if they are currently smoking cigarettes, provide them brief (B) advice, and provide or refer them for cessation (C) support.

It is often ideal for A, B and C to be integrated into existing organisational systems (eg. initial assessment forms) so that:

  • staff are prompted to use this approach, and
  • that this information is captured in a consistent way throughout the organisation or service

A, B and C can also be integrated into data management/ client information systems which will allow for monitoring of smoking status, quit rates and initiating reminders to reconfirm current smoking status (eg. six monthly).


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