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Workplace Smoke-Free Policies
A smoke-free workplace policy is an effective way to protect the health of your most important asset – your employees (both smokers and non-smokers). A policy can also protect your property, investment, and revenues.
The benefits of a workplace policy far outweigh the time and commitment required to develop and implement such a policy. A policy sends a clear message to your employees and the community that “you as an employer, care about the health and safety of your employees”!!
“Smoke-free workplaces not only protect non-smokers from passive smoking but also encourage smokers to quit or reduce their consumption, reducing total cigarette consumption per employee by 29%” (Fichtenberg & Glantz, 2002).
Options to ban or restrict tobacco use:
Your policy should include support for employees who want to quit or cut down on how much they smoke. This demonstrates that you, as the employer care about all employees, including smokers.
If your workplace decides to develop and implement a policy, you may want to consider:
If your workplace already has a policy on smoking, you may want to ensure:
Note: A policy can be developed to suit your workplace needs. You can address chewing tobacco in the same policy since the same health concerns pertain.
Contact Public Health for more information on developing and/or implementing a Smoke-Free Workplace Policy or visit Health Canada: Towards a Healthier Workplace: A Guidebook on Tobacco Control Policies
Flichtenberg, M. & Glantz, S. (2002). Effect of smoke-free workplaces
on smoking behaviour: systematic review. BMJ,Volume 325.
Article can be found at
U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(Found online September, 2005).
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