TOBACCO-FREE WORK SITES
A tobacco-free work site campus policy is one of the most effective and lasting approaches to reducing employee tobacco use. All indoor workplaces in Illinois are required by law to be smoke free. Extending a work site’s tobacco policy to cover workplace grounds as well as buildings provides the strongest support for employees to quit smoking. The Tobacco Control & Prevention program can provide technical assistance to help work sites lower their health care costs and improve productivity and environmental quality by developing and implementing comprehensive tobacco-free work site policy.
Enacting a tobacco-free policy versus a smoke-free policy advocates for the health of all employees including the users of tobacco. A smoking-only ban could inadvertently cause a rise in other tobacco usage. Therefore a tobacco-free work site is important because not just cigarettes but snuff, chew, e-cigarettes or spit tobacco can cause addiction and disease. As companies, local governments and states ban smoking, the tobacco industry seeks to expand the use of smokeless tobacco through aggressive marketing and new products (National Cancer Institute, US National Institutes of Health, 2008).
Recommended steps for making your work site tobacco-free:
- Form a policy work group
- Conduct an assessment
- Develop an action plan
- Draft a policy statement
- Become familiar with cessation resources
- Develop a communication plan
- Prepare for implementation
- Implement policy/promote cessation resources
- Enforce policy
- Conduct evaluation and continue monitoring
To help all work sites make a smooth transition to becoming tobacco-free, The Tobacco Control & Prevention program has created a toolkit that work sites can use to develop and implement a tobacco-free work site policy.
For technical assistance with developing and implementing a tobacco-free work site policy, please contact the Tobacco Control and Prevention program at (815) 727-8769.
Request FREE materials from the Illinois Tobacco Quitline: http://quityes.org/e/for-employers/request-free-materials.html
More resources are available below in the “Documents to Download” section.