Smoking costs American business billions of dollars each year. If you’re still trying to get workers to snuff out this unhealthy habit, you’ll want to learn about a valuable new tool.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation has released Business Pulse: Tobacco, a publication to help organizations improve employee and business health by reducing tobacco use and secondhand exposure. The resource is available at http://www.cdcfoundation.org/business pulse/tobacco-use.
According to the foundation, smoking costs more than $300 billion annually in direct medical care and lost productivity. The fact that almost 20 percent of the nation’s workforce still smokes not only threatens employee health and wellbeing, but also decreases productivity, increases absenteeism, and boosts workplace maintenance costs. CDC says cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. Smokers suffer more health problems and disabilities than those who have never smoked, leading to more absenteeism at work.