It has been found that employees who smoke cost their employers and workplaces $4,256 per year, through increased absenteeism, decreased productivity, and increased medical and insurance costs1.
What can employers do?
Employers can do a number of things to help make their workplaces a smoke-free environment, such as:
- Educate employees on the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and enforce its legislation and requirements in the workplace
- Develop and implement a smoke-free workplace policy
- Provide educational resources (such as handouts and pamphlets) for employees on reducing or quitting smoking
- Deliver smoking cessation workshops for those interested (contact local health unit to have a public health nurse come in and present)
- Extend employees’ benefits packages to include smoking cessation aids (such as cessation counselling, nicotine replacement therapies such as nicotine gum and patches)
- Refer employees to available community resources for smoking cessation (see Quit Smoking)
- The Conference Board of Canada. (2013). Up in Smoke: Smokers Cost Their Employers More Than $4,000 Each Per Year. Retrieved from http://www.conferenceboard.ca/press/newsrelease/13-10-29/up_in_smoke_smokers_cost_their_employers_more_than_4_000_each_per_year.aspx