Employers should know they have a great opportunity to help their employees quit tobacco.
Employees who use tobacco cost you money in disease treatment, productivity, cleaning and maintenance.
According to The Guide for Community Preventive Services, having a smoke-free environment alone is likely to encourage your employees who smoke to quit. Further, the Guide recommends cessation coverage that reduces the price of quit smoking assistance (counseling and cessation medications), because this also increases the chances that your employees will be able to quit smoking for good.
Learn more about the costs of tobacco use to your business and how to encourage your tobacco-addicted employees to quit: View the Coverage for Tobacco-Use Cessation (PDF, 172 KB) brochure.
Having a strict no-smoking policy in your business (even including grounds and company vehicles) is another proven way to encourage your employees to quit tobacco.
The CDC's Save Lives, Save Money - Make Your Business Smoke-Free brochure provides information on exposure to secondhand smoke in the workplace and the benefits to employers once a smoke-free workplace has been implemented.