Employers can join in the effort to reduce tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure by working with their health insurance companies to include coverage for cessation therapies and adopt tobacco-free policies in the workplace. Here are some quick facts about employee cessation coverage and smoking from Tobacco Free Florida and Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance:
- Tobacco users cost Florida businesses $4,056 in productivity loss annually per tobacco user.
- An additional $2056 is lost in healthcare costs per tobacco user.
- Pack a day smokers experience 75 percent more lost productive time than nonsmoking workers.
- Smoking cost Florida business $19.6 billion per year in workplace productivity losses, premature deaths and direct healthcare expenditures.
Has your business adopted a policy and/or added coverage for tobacco cessastion? We want to recognize your committment! The Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance recognizes businesses for their efforts in creating tobacco-free workplaces and supporting employee cessation.
What can we do about this?
If you or your business is interested in more information on adopting a tobacco-free policy, extending coverage for cessation, or would like us to help facilitate policy implementation, please contact the Tobacco Free Pinellas Coalition at (727) 588-4040, ext. 3171.