Tobacco is the single greatest cause of premature death and disability in the United States today. Supporting a tobacco-free workplace is on of the most important decisions employers can make for their employees, as tobacco can be very costly for an organization. The areas where a tobacco-free workplace has a positive effect include:

  • Protecting your employees' health
  • Lowering your costs
  • Increasing productivity and morale
  • Reducing absenteeism
  • Protecting yourself from liability

Have you thought about how much tobacco use costs your organization? These factors include: greater healthcare costs, increased absenteeism, work time spent on smoking breaks, higher life insurance premiums, increased risk of occupational injuries, increased cost of disability, and increased disciplinary actions.

The Following is a Guide to Estimating These Costs:

Enter the number of employees in your organization and click "Calculate".    


Total # of Employees
X 17.5%
2011 Florida Adult Smoking Rate
=
# of Employees Who Smoke

# of Smokers
X $1,623.00
Estimated Health Costs
=
Total Health Costs

# of Smokers
X $1,769.00
Estimated Lost Productivity Costs
=
Total Lost Productivity Costs

Your Total Cost Per Year Is:


Total Health Costs
X
Total Lost Productivity Costs
=
Total Cost Per Year

* These calculations are an approximation.

The Florida Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Network offers tobacco cessation resources including Quit Smoking NOW, a six-session group program developed by ex-smokers for those who want to become ex-smokers themselves.

For a schedule of Quit Smoking NOW classes in your area, call 1-87-QUIT-NOW or visit us on the web at : http://www.ahectobacco.com or http://www.flahec.org