Learn how to build a case for a tobacco-free workplace policy

Co-authored by the American Lung Association and StayWell

Despite the gradual decline in the amount of people that smoke in the United States, tobacco remains the No. 1 cause of preventable disease, disability, and death each year. Choosing to make your organization tobacco-free is one of the most important decisions you can make for your workplace(s) and your employees.

[Download the white paper: How to build a case for a tobacco-free workplace policy].

Besides the obvious health benefits of quitting, employees who don’t smoke or use tobacco are more productive and focused at work. Smoking-related illness costs more than $150 billion in lost productivity and smokers miss more than 2 days of work each year compared to nonsmoking colleagues. Nearly 10% of all health care spending is for illness caused by smoking as well.

Impactful tobacco-free policies do more than just prohibit smoking. Implementing a comprehensive policy is essential considering the popularity of alternative products such as e-cigarettes. Nearly 30% of adult e-cigarette users are former cigarette smokers but only about half of employers today include e-cigarettes and other vaporizers in their smoking policies.

To build a case for implementing a new policy—or adjusting an existing smoke-free policy to be more inclusive—you can argue that comprehensive tobacco-free policies:

  • Work to improve the health of employees
  • Reduce costs to employers (e.g., employees are more productive and healthier)
  • Go beyond traditional smoking and address newer forms of tobacco use
  • Help people quit smoking or give up tobacco products

Download our white paper to learn more about how tobacco-free policies positively impact the workplace and ultimately your bottom line.

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