(Access to Coverage of Tobacco Treatment In Our Nation)
Shaping Policies | Improving Health
Workplace tobacco control efforts – including tobacco free policies and tobacco use treatment support – not only improve employee health, but also are highly cost-effective. Tobacco use has both direct and indirect costs. Smoking-related illnesses lead to substantial health care costs and tobacco use decreases employee productivity. Individuals who quit using tobacco experience significant health benefits and the organizations that they work for yield positive returns.
Why Should You, as an Employer, Encourage Smoking Cessation?
• The majority of secondhand smoke exposure occurs not only in homes, but also in workplaces.
• Employees who smoke have much higher rates of absenteeism.
• Tobacco use is the leading contributor to worker lost production time.
• Smoking has serious health consequences.
• Pregnant smokers are at an increased risk for miscarriage, premature birth, and low birth weight – all of which impact medical costs. Smoking during pregnancy also increases the risk of stillbirth.
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The Bottom Line:
Investing in proven strategies to improve employee health is beneficial to an organization:
Tobacco use treatment improves health, increases productivity and reduces costs.
So now that you know about the benefits, it’s time to start doing something. Below you will find tools and resources to help you get started.
Workplace Tobacco Control Interventions and Initiatives:
Here you will find a flowchart of various initiatives you can use to help reduce disease, death, lost productivity, and health care costs in your workplace.
Employer Case-Studies: The Implementation of Tobacco Control Practices:
Find out what other employers like you are doing to implement tobacco control policies. These case studies will give you a brief overview of a company’s program background, program delivery, program monitoring, and other lessons learned.
We have compiled a list of resources to help you get started.
Partnership for Prevention Resources
Employer Tobacco Control Strategies Video Series (Jan. 30th – Feb. 1st 2008)
Federal Government Resources
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