Tobacco-Free/Nicotine-Free Workplaces

Benefits of Tobacco-Free Workplaces

 For Employers

  • Creates a safe and healthy environment
  • Conveys a positive corporate image
  • Direct health care costs can be reduced
  • Maintenance costs reduced
  • Possible to negotiate lower health, life, and disability coverage
  • Reduced risk of fire
  • Reduction of absenteeism
  • Reduction of worker’s compensation claims
  • Increased productivity
  • Increased resale of building or business

 For Employees

  • Creates a safe and healthy environment
  • Demonstrates the company cares about employee health
  • All workers are protected from secondhand smoke/vapor exposure
  • Worksite policies motivate tobacco users to quit
  • For the tobacco user, a well-structured employee wellness program provides additional support

 Reasons to Change:

Profitability

  • Increases medical costs, lost wages
  • Decrease medical costs from reductions in heart attack rates due to exposure to secondhand smoke

Absenteeism and Lost Productivity

  • Cigarette smoking causes billions of dollars in productivity losses annually
  • Smokers miss a larger number of days of work per year due to sickness
  • Employees who smoke often have more hospital admissions and visits to health care facilities per year than nonsmoking employees
  • Lost economic productivity from disability and premature mortality can be very expensive
For more information on creating tobacco-free policies, please contact the Tobacco-Free QC in Scott County at 563-326-8618 or kim.mills@scottcountyiowa.com and in Rock Island County at 309-558-2950 or avang@co.rock-island.il.us.