Tobacco-Free Workplaces Create Safe & Healthy Working Environments for Employees
Why is a tobacco-free workplace a good idea?
- It’s safer. There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure. Chew or spit tobacco is unsanitary.
- It’s good for business. Tobacco-free policies save money.
- It’s the law. RSA 155:64-77 Indoor Smoking Act – New Hampshire’s Smoke-Free Workplace Law.
Tobacco-Free Workplaces Save Money
Each employee who is dependent on cigarettes costs a business approximately $3,400 a year due to healthcare costs, lost work days, and time off for smoke-breaks.
Develop and Implement a Tobacco-Free Policy in Your Workplace
Regardless of the size of a business, take steps to provide a safe and healthy work environment for all employees. By making businesses tobacco-free, a valuable resource is protected – workers’ health.
In NH, 19.4% of adults smoke, 61.6% are overweight or obese, and 22.5% do not participate in any leisure time physical activity (2011 BRFSS).
- NH workplaces share success stories around policies that promote disease prevention, healthy eating, and access to physical activity that have been created around the state at www.HEAL.com.
- Create your own success story. Find out how to implement your own tobacco-free policy with the National Prevention Strategy. Learn how your workplace can support comprehensive tobacco free and other evidence-based tobacco control policies. There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure. Smoke free and tobacco free policies improve indoor air quality, reduce negative health outcomes among nonsmokers, decrease cigarette consumption, and encourage smokers to quit. Comprehensive policies, that prohibit smoking or all forms of tobacco use, can be adopted by multiple settings such as workplaces, health care educational facilities, and multi-unit housing.
North Carolina restaurant and bar owners make the case for going smoke-free
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