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Tobacco Resources for Employers
Improve your employees’ health and your bottom line!  Smoking is the leading preventable cause of premature death and disability in the United States, killing about 438,000 people every year – nearly one out of every five deaths.

Employers pay the cost for employee smoking.  Smoking causes increased medical expenses and lost productivity.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the total economic burden of smoking in the United States is approximately $193 billion per year.  This includes $96 billion in health care costs and $97 billion in lost productivity.

Employees who take four 10-minute smoking breaks a day work one
month less per year than workers who don't take smoking breaks.

Paying for tobacco use cessation treatments is the single most cost-effective health insurance benefit for adults that can be provided to employees.  

Get more information:

Take back control!
(Printable brochure from Goodhue County Public Health Service with information and resources for employees who want to quit smoking.  Note: After printing, fold lengthwise and then fold in thirds.)

An Employer Guide to Tobacco
(This brief guide for employers is from the WorkSHIFTS program at the Tobacco Law Center, William Mitchell College of Law.  Topics include the costs of tobacco use, smoke-free workplace policies, legal issues related to tobacco, and helping employees quit, all from the perspective of labor-management cooperation.) 

Tobacco: The Business of Quitting
(From the National Business Group on Health, this site includes case studies from well-known companies and a step-by-step process for implementing workplace policies that restrict tobacco use and promote tobacco cessation.)    


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