Although 24.8% of the population in Brant County aged 12 + smokes tobacco, many adults of working age (over 25) are motivated to quit: based on 2015 data, 38% of those who smoke are planning to quit within six months, and 22% are preparing to quit in the very near future. By providing information, programs, and counselling for smoking cessation, workplaces can strongly influence this positive change. With fewer employees smoking, employers benefit from higher productivity and less missed work.
- Provide a safe work environment free of second-hand smoke through a smoke-free workplace policy
- Provide a supportive environment that encourages employees to quit smoking
Steps to Creating a Healthy Workplace
- Share tips and resources on quitting smoking on bulletin boards and displays in accessible areas
- Promote National Non-Smoking Week (3rd week in January) and World No Tobacco Day (May 31st) to encourage employees to quit
- Promote company’s health benefit plan (e.g. any smoking cessation medications covered)
- Raise awareness of and comply with current legislation (e.g., Smoke Free Ontario Act)
Create Healthy Workplace Policy
- Create a smoke free workplace policy, for example:.
ABC COMPANY: Non-Smoking Policy
ABC Company is committed to providing a healthy comfortable and productive work environment for our employees.
In order to eliminate hazards and ensure a safe, healthy workplace, the ABC Company shall be entirely smoke-free in accordance with current legislation.
All forms of tobacco use will be strictly prohibited within company buildings including but not limited to offices, hallways, waiting rooms, washrooms, lunch rooms, stairwells, elevators, meeting rooms and all enclosed facilities. Smoking is also prohibited on all outdoor property belonging to the company.
All company vehicles will also be designated smoke-free, including rental cars used for company business.
Copies of this policy will be distributed to all employees. Signs will be posted at all building entrances.
Those employees who smoke and would like to take this opportunity to quit smoking are invited to participate in the cessation supports being offered by ABC. For more information regarding supports contact human resources.
The success of this policy will depend on the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of smokers and non-smokers. All of us share in the responsibility for adhering to and enforcing this policy.
Signature of CEO or President
Create a Supportive Environment
- Provide incentives, support, and/or resources to employees who want to quit smoking
- Offer a workplace quit smoking support program (e.g., STOP on the Road – open to all Ontario residents)
- Offer lunch and learn sessions that reflect employee interests in quitting smoking
- Encourage employees to participate in provincial Quit Smoking Contests or organize an internal workplace quit smoking contest
From the Health Unit
To access any presentations/print resources below, please call 519-753-4937 ext. 455 or e-mail email@example.com.
- Smoking cessation presentation at your workplace
- “Thinking About Quitting (A Guide to What’s Available in Brant County for People Who Want To Quit Smoking)” brochure
- Additional brochures for smokers who want to quit: “One Step At A Time,” “If You Want To Help A Smoker Quit,” and “For Smokers Who Don’t Want To Quit”
- Start Quit, Stay Quit: A Self-Help Guide For Pregnant Women
- Smoker’s Helpline: 1-877-513-5333 (Free, confidential support service for smokers who want to quit)
Displays (can be temporarily signed out from the Health Unit by calling 519-753-4937 ext. 455 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Second Hand Smoke
- Smoke Free Ontario Act (4 panel display)
- Smoke Free Homes & vehicles (3 panel display)
- Smoking Cessation in the Workplace: A guide to helping your employees quit smoking