A Glasgow Ministry of Defence worker is this year’s NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s top smoking quitter in the workplace.
Administrator Josephine McKinley has won NHS GGC’s Workplace Smoking Cessation Competition and picked up an iPod as a reward for her successful battle with nicotine.
The annual Quit and Win smoking cessation competition begins on “No Smoking Day” March 12 and runs for twelve weeks.
It is open to all workplaces in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area registered for the Healthy Working Lives Award.
Every four weeks a prize draw is held for people taking part that have remained smoke free.
Weekly support emails are sent to participants along with support resources & advice.
Josephine works for the MOD at Kentingern House and has been smoke free since February 1.
She smoked for 38 years, since she was 13 years old, and used to get through up to 20 cigarettes per day.
Josephine had tried to stop smoking on 10 previous occasions, and she said:
“I started smoking because it was fashionable in those days and my friends smoked. I never liked the idea of being a smoker and I know it has set a bad example for my family.”
Josephine used Nicotine Replacement Therapy patches prescribed to her through Smokefree Pharmacy Services, and she went on:
“Knowing that a wee envelope would arrive every week with a surprise in it was exciting and I loved the fact that you could win something like sports vouchers in the weekly prize draws and winning my iPod in the final prize draw was fantastic!
“The weekly support emails were very helpful too. It is good to be told you’re doing well.”
The competition is organised through the Health at Work section of NHS GGC’s Health Improvement Teams
Debbie Nelson, Health Improvement Senior, Health at Work, said:
“Since the new smoking legislation has come into place, we have had a fantastic response to the competition over the past two years and this year our success rate has risen with nearly 50% participants reporting back to us as still smoke free at 12 weeks.
“This competition can help workplaces to improve the health of their employees and support those registered in their journey through the new Healthy Working Lives Award.”
This is a National Award supported by Healthy Working Lives teams throughout Scotland.
This year 68 employees from 22 companies signed up for the Quit and Win Workplace Smoking cessation Competition.
They included local colleges, city centre retailers and the prison service.
If you would like to find out more about this competition please contact Debbie Nelson on 0141 314 0024 or visit our website at www.healthatwork.org.uk
For more information about the Healthy Working Lives Award & how it can help you create a healthy working environment for your staff please contact the Health at Work team on 0141 314 0024 or email [email protected]
Free phone helpline number 0800 019 2211
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.