Smoking cessation programmes have been found to be effective in a workplace environment, where encouragement from colleagues and supportive policy can help trigger attempts to quit amongst employees and their families.
Why promote smokefree in the workplace?
Legislation requires that all workplaces maintain a smokefree environment throughout all indoor areas, and that designated smoking areas meet particular standards to ensure minimal harm to those working or taking a break in close proximity.
Employees who smoke take up to 33% more sick leave than non smokers.
A smoker taking four 10 minute breaks each day works a month less than a non smoker in the course of a year.
Half of all people who smoke today, and continue to do so, will eventually be killed from a smoking related illness, and will die an average of 15 years earlier than they would if they were a non smoker.
How can workplaces help?
Make all work vehicles smokefree.
Provide tips for quitting smoking and staying smokefree.
Encourage a positive attitude amongst employees by making public statements about your workplace's support for being smokefree.
There are many other ways to promote a smokefree workplace and workforce. For more information about smokefree workplaces, visit our WorkWell website where you can access free resources, tools and assistance.Tweet