Breaking the Daisy Smoking Chain

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Smokers from Daisy sought advice and guidance from health experts as they looked to kick the habit on No Smoking Day.

Some 30 staff from the Lancashire-based telecoms company took the time to speak with Azma Kalsoom and Chris Kenyon from the East Lancashire Primary Care Trust Stop Smoking Service about getting help to quit.

A stand was set up in the downstairs cafe at head office where smokers could get information on aids to quitting and even get a prescription for treatment.

Gareth Kirkwood, Chief Operating Officer at Daisy, said: “We have around 70 smokers here at head office and while we would never force anyone to give up, we know that many of them want to stop, but need a gentle push.

“Having people here to provide valuable advice on the day opened up discussions between staff looking to break the habit.

“We hope they will now use each other as support buddies who will help keep them on track.”

Philip Lee, a Business Partner Account Manager with the company, gave up after gaining valuable advice last year.

He said: “I attended a lunchtime meeting with someone from the local NHS Trust and decided I wanted to give it a go.

“I managed my cravings with inhalators for about four weeks and then I felt fine.”

Since the passing of smoke free legislation, more and more workplaces are committing to support colleagues who want to stop smoking.

Every year, nearly one million smokers quit on No Smoking Day, and 2010 marks the 27th annual campaign.

Azma said: “It was really great to see so many people seeking advice on quitting, whether for themselves or for friends or family and we wish them all the very best in keeping on track.”