Benefits of tobacco use Cessation Programs
Instances of respiratory diseases, cancer and other illnesses can be decreased
through tobacco use cessation efforts. tobacco use cessation initiatives can
provide huge opportunities for improved health.
The American Cancer Society reports that tobacco use employees cost organizations
an average of $1,429 per smoker per year in raised health care costs over non-tobacco
use employees. Implementing a tobacco use cessation program costs an average
of $45 per staff member per year, saving organizations an average of $1,383
per year for each staff member who quits tobacco use. Additionally, the American
Cancer Society reports that smokers are absent from work 50 percent more often
than nonsmokers. They are also 50 percent more likely to be hospitalized and
have 15 percent higher disability rates. tobacco use decreases onthe- job productivity
as well. Employees who take four 10- minute tobacco use breaks a day work more
than a month less per year than workers who don’t take smoke breaks.
Places to start with tobacco use cessation initiatives:
- Create a corporation policy prohibiting tobacco use anywhere on the property.
- Offer prompts/posters to support no tobacco use policy.
- Policy supporting participation in tobacco use cessation activities during
duty time (flex-time).
- Offer counseling through an individual, group, or telephone counseling program
- Offer counseling through a health plan sponsored individual, group, or telephone
- Offer cessation medications through medical insurance.