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Workplace 28 day stop smoking challenge


Public Health Agency (PHA)

Subject Keywords: Smoking Cessation, Workplace, Absence from work, Working environment
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Chronic Conditions
Catalogue: Interventions
Type: Project
Region: Northern Ireland

The ‘Workplace 28 day stop smoking challenge’ is a great opportunity for businesses to encourage employees to quit smoking in a workplace setting.

Research indicates if a person stops smoking for 28 days or more, they are 5 times more likely to stop for good.

The challenge is aimed at businesses throughout Northern Ireland. Individual employees can also register to take part in the 28 day challenge.

The 28 day stop smoking challenge can help bring a range of benefits for both employee and employer, eg better health and reduced absence due to sickness.

Lots of businesses throughout Northern Ireland have taken part in the initiative since it was launched in 2014.

The results of the Northern Ireland Health Survey (2013/14), which includes questions about smoking, show that 22% of adults in Northern Ireland smoke, with smoking being most common among manual workers.

Using the workplace setting to encourage and support people to quit smoking creates a win-win situation for everyone:

  • better health;
  • increased productivity;
  • reduced absence due to sickness;
  • improved staff morale;
  • pleasant working environment;
  • good corporate image.






Rights: © PHA
Suggested citation:

Public Health Agency (PHA). (2010) Workplace 28 day stop smoking challenge [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 28th February 2020].


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