While the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act protects employees from secondhand smoke in some indoor worksites, countless Floridians in the nightlife industry, construction and industries with outdoor worksites are exposed to toxic secondhand smoke. Adopting a tobacco free worksite is an easy and cost-effective way to improve employee health, and your bottom line.
Tobacco free worksites protect employees from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, and can also encourage current tobacco users to reduce their use and help those who are trying to quit. Employers have the opportunity to reduce the negative impact of tobacco on their employees and their business.
Making your worksite tobacco free is not only positive for employee health, but also for a business’s bottom line. Scientific evidence paints a clear picture of tobacco use’s effect on workplace productivity. Each year, cigarette smoking costs the United States more than $298 billion in workplace productivity.[i] Secondhand smoke has cost the U.S. economy about $10 billion yearly: approximately $5 billion in estimated medical costs associated with secondhand smoke exposure and another $4.6 billion in lost wages.[ii]
It’s not only lost productivity that affects businesses – the increased health care costs of having employees who smoke is another factor. For an employer, insuring someone who smokes costs about $2,000 more every year than insuring a nonsmoker.[iii] Between losses in productivity and extra health care costs, an employee who smokes can cost a business about $6,000 per year.[iv] Further, some insurance companies offer substantial discounts on life, disability and medical insurance policies for nonsmokers. Tobacco free worksites can also result in lower fire and property insurance premiums.
While there are financial benefits, helping your employees make a positive, life-changing decision could be worth more. Helping employees along their quit journey is a valuable way to repay their hard work and dedication. Tobacco Free Florida staff is available in each county to counsel employers on including resources to help employees quit smoking in their health insurance packages. Interested employers can then initiate conversations with health plan providers to strengthen cessation coverage in their current benefits. Tobacco Free Florida staff is available in each county to counsel employers on how they can best help employees quit tobacco.
Tobacco Free Florida has developed materials to guide you through the process of transitioning your workplace to being tobacco free.
Benefits to Quit Tool Kit
Learn and implement strategies to create a healthier work force and bottom line.
Quit Your Way Tool Kit
Create a positive workplace culture by referring employees to Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way tools and services, and monitor your business’s success.
Tobacco Free Grounds Timeline
Use this five-step plan to transition to a tobacco free worksite.
For more help, contact your local county representative.
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[i] Potential Costs and Benefits of Smoking Cessation: An Overview of the Approach to State Specific Analysis.” Rumberger, J; Hollenbeak, C; Kline, D. Penn State, 2010. < https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiosN3QxcfTAhVi1oMKHaSTAo0QFggsMAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lung.org%2Fassets%2Fdocuments%2Ftobacco%2Feconomic-benefits.pdf&usg=AFQjCNHAJAMm62_KggQSn0Z-ozNp9bE-UA&sig2=_–QAwq9jArx-PONcI-8aw>.
[ii] Behan, D.F.; Eriksen, M.P.; Lin, Y., “Economic Effects of Environmental Tobacco Smoke,” Society of Actuaries, March 31, 2005. http://www.soa.org/ccm/content/areas-of-practice/life-insurance/research/economic-effects-of-environmental-tobacco-smoke-SOA/?printerFriendly=1.
[iii] Berman M.; Crane, R.; Seiber, E.;Munur, M. “Estimating the Cost of a Smoking Employee.” Tobacco Control. June 2013. http://ucanr.edu/sites/tobaccofree/files/175136.pdf.
[iv] Berman M.; Crane, R.; Seiber, E.;Munur, M. “Estimating the Cost of a Smoking Employee.” Tobacco Control. June 2013. http://ucanr.edu/sites/tobaccofree/files/175136.pdf.