Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Canada.1 In Alberta, more than 3,000 individuals die of tobacco-related illnesses every year. In 2015, 16% of Alberta’s workers smoked.2 Of those who smoked 64% were seriously considering quitting in the next 6 months.2
Providing a workplace environment that prevents tobacco use and supports employees to quit benefits everyone. Studies measuring the return on investing in workplace tobacco reduction programs show between 39% and 60% return on their original investment after 10 years.3 Health concerns from tobacco use are not limited to people who smoke, non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke are at risk of many of the same health conditions as those who smoke. Regular exposure to second-hand smoke increases
For ideas on how to support your employees to quit and how you can create a smoke free environment in your workplace check out our Tobacco Reduction Toolkit
- Health Canada. Smoking cessation in the workplace: A guide to helping your employees quit smoking. Ottawa (ON): Health Canada; 2009. Available from: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/publications/healthy-living/smoking-cessation-workplace-guide-helping-your-employees-quit-smoking.html.
- Statistics Canada. Canadian Tobacco Alcohol and Drug Survey. Using Nesstar. Ottawa (ON): Statistics Canada; 2015.
- Rehm J, Baliunas S, Brochu S, Fischer B, Gnam W. Patra J, Popova S, Sarnocinska-Hart A, Taylor B. The costs of substance abuse in Canada 2002. Ottawa (ON): Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. 2006.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. How tobacco smoke causes disease: The biology and behavioral basis for smoking attributable disease: A report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta (GA): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health; 2010.
- Region of Waterloo Public Health. Tobacco-free living: What works at Work! Waterloo (ON): Region of Waterloo Public Health, Project Health; 2013. Available from: http://www.projecthealth.ca/sites/default/files/files/DOCS_ADMIN-%231478730-v1-Tobacco_Free_Living_What_Works_at_Work(2).pdf