Tobacco Free Worksites
Nationwide, employers lose approximately $92 billion in productivity (CDC) and 81 million workdays (U.S. Surgeon General) annually due to employee tobacco use. While Ohio’s Smoke Free Workplace Act protects Ohio residents and workers from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, it does not reduce the burden of employee tobacco use on Ohio employers.
Hamilton County Public Health can provide guidance to help businesses lower their healthcare costs and improve productivity and environmental quality by developing and implementing comprehensive worksite tobacco policies.
Program Overview & How to File Complaints
Comprehensive worksite tobacco policies restrict tobacco use on company property (not just indoors), provide assistance to tobacco users who are interested in quitting and improve the overall work environment, including: less tobacco use among employees, higher productivity, fewer sick days, a cleaner environment, positive company image, and decreased health care costs.
While Ohio’s Smoke Free Workplace Act protects Ohio residents and workers from the harmful effects of tobacco use, more must be done to reduce tobacco’s burden on employers and the health care system. Comprehensive worksite policies help smokers quit and employers save money.
Employers with questions about the program can call (513) 946-7800.
To file a complaint online, go here.