Secondhand smoke can harm adults and children. In fact, secondhand smoke can lead to heart disease, lung cancer, and strokes.1 It is important for employers to take action to eliminate secondhand smoke in their workplace, eliminate potential legal fees and create a positive smoke free environment. Employees can file lawsuits against your company if they feel that they are being exposed to second hand smoke. Eliminate claims based on violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Tobacco Free Workplace
Providing resources to help your employees quit using tobacco is the single most effective health benefit you can provide to your employees. Tobacco use results in large cost amounts to the state as a whole and to employers in particular. Smokers consume more health care resources, experience greater job absenteeism, and tend to be less productive while at work. The estimated costs to the health care system for treating smoking-related illness are more than $369 million in Utah. Tobacco cessation reduces your employee's risk of getting lung cancer, heart disease, heart attack, and upper respiratory infections. Reducing the risk of these diseases will reduce health care costs. Check out the Utah Tobacco-Free Workplace Toolkit. Other tobacco resources can be found in Policy Tools.
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Secondhand Smoke Facts. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/secondhand_smoke/general_facts/index.htm