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Tobacco Cessation

The objective of Tobacco Cessation is to help your employees kick the habit that costs employers in the United States thousands of dollars in hidden costs. The United States Congress Office of Technology estimates that cigarettes cost Americans $68 billion annually in tobacco-related health care costs and lost productivity.

When a worker takes a "smoke break", physically his/her heart rate speeds up, respiration increases, body temperature rises, and chemical imbalances occur. These characteristics stay with the worker for a period of time, increasing the odds of an accident, and possibly a heart attack - not what you want to happen on the job. Indoor tobacco smoke pollutes indoor air on a higher level than auto and factory exhaust pollutes outdoor air. Secondhand smoke irritates the eyes and nose and can cause headaches and nausea in non-smokers.

Employers who fail to eliminate tobacco smoke from the work environment are vulnerable to lawsuits. Employees have been awarded unemployment compensation, disability payments, and workers' compensation as a result of injuries sustained through smoke on the job.

Separating smokers and nonsmokers, installing expensive ventilation systems, and excluding smokers from your labor pool are not practical or economical ways to reduce the exposure to smoke-related injury or illness. The most effective way to reduce smoke-related problems is to establish a smoke-free workplace policy. That's the easy part!

The training program contains the following elements:

  • Assist with Implementation of Policy
  • Assess the Workers' Needs
  • Deliver "Attack the Habit"

"Attack the Habit" is a four-week smoking cessation program that uses adult teaching techniques and various formats (self-assessment, assignments, guest speakers, videos, literature, etc.) to educate the participant. Depending on the number of participants, each session lasts approximately two hours. Participants are required to attend all sessions.