Supporting employees’ health

In an effort to provide a safe and healthy environment, workplaces are encouraged to support their employees in living tobacco free. Studies indicate that there are many benefits to helping employees quit smoking. Here are a few:

  • Improved employee health: Employee health is an invaluable resource. Investing in employee health is beneficial as a healthy staff is a very important asset.
  • Increased productivity: Non-smokers take fewer sick days and fewer breaks.
  • Enhanced job satisfaction: When employees are healthy, there is an improvement in their morale and overall quality of work.
  • Better corporate image: Employers who offer cessation support show they care about their employees’ health and well being. It also portrays a positive corporate image.

Quit-smoking supports in the workplace

    The Smokers’ Helpline offers the following services to workplaces to help employees quit smoking:

  • Over-the-phone support
  • CARE Referral Program to connect employees with personalized Helpline services to help them quit
  • Group counselling programs (often available on site)
  • Resource materials
  • Information sessions
  • Presentations
  • Display booths
  • Training opportunities
  • E-counselling and resources through the Smokers’ Helpline website
  • We can also provide assistance in the development and implementation of smoke-free policies and programs.

Promoting messages about quitting

    Here are some more tips on ways to incorporate messages about quitting smoking into your workplace:

  • Inform employees about the advantages of living smoke free.
  • Utilize workplace communication tools and promote the CARE Program via newsletters; bulletin boards; email/intranet; mailouts; booth displays; employee health and wellness fairs.
  • Have a designated person in the workplace who oversees quit-smoking initiative. This may be: Occupation health nurses, Employee assistance program coordinator, Occupational health and safety committee members, Wellness consultants, Human resources advisers, Health and wellness educators, Union representatives, or any other leader with an interest in promoting the available supports.