Smoking Affects Everyone
While the adult smoking rate has gone down over the last 10 years, nearly 20% of Vermont adults still smoke. And for certain groups – like young adults and lower-income Vermonters – those figures are even higher.
Smoking puts people at risk for many diseases, can worsen chronic conditions like asthma and heart disease, and exposes non-smokers to secondhand smoke. The result is that over 800 Vermonters die each year from tobacco-related diseases, which also affect the quality of their lives, as well as that of their families and friends.
Vermont employers play an important role in the lives of their employees.
While each employer-employee relationship is different, employers have an obligation and the opportunity to provide information to their employees – information that can benefit both parties. That's why we created the QUIT@WORK Tool.
Smoking impacts Vermont’s businesses
Employers' bottom lines are impacted through increased costs of approximately $5,816 per year, per smoker.
- Healthcare costs – smokers’ healthcare costs are higher than those of nonsmokers: $2,056 per year, per smoker
- Smoking breaks – lost work time, compared to nonsmokers work time: $3,077 per year, per smoker
- Absenteeism – smokers are absent more than nonsmokers and ex-smokers: $517 per year, per smoker
- Even when present – smokers show lower on-the-job productivity as a result from nicotine addiction: $462 per year, per smoker
Estimate your costs:
- Total employees ___ x 18% (VT adult smoking rate) = ___ smoking employees (approx.)
- Smoking employees ___ x $5,816 = ___ the total cost per year to business
Smoking also Costs Employees
A pack-a-day smoker in Vermont spends an average of about $8.12 per day on cigarettes. That adds up to $246.98 per month and $2,963.80 per year. For an employee making $30,000 per year, quitting smoking is like getting an 11% pay increase.
QUIT@WORK is a comprehensive and easy-to-use tool that provides employers with information to share with their employees about the range of quit smoking services and resources available to all Vermonters – all of which are free of charge.
QUIT@WORK also provides information about the cost of smoking, tools for employees who are ready to quit, and other resources for employers, including:
- Information on Vermont smoking laws
- Ideas for setting policy
- Sample model policy
- Printed samples and other materials for employers
- Information about Vermont’s free quit smoking services
- Sample text for communicating with employees
Get the Quit@Work Tool and more information
More Resources and Information
- Fact Sheet: Smoking in the Workplace
- Smoke-Free Workplace Poster
- Order Form for Smoke-free/Tobacco-free Signage
802 Quits - Vermont Quit Smoking Services
802Quits (formerly the Vermont Quit Network) is a gateway to free tools, information, and personal counseling to quit tobacco. We understand how hard it is to quit, which is one of the reasons why we remind smokers that Every Try Counts!
802Quits puts smokers in control with a choice of proven quit smoking strategies that includes in-person, phone counseling, online support from Quit Online and Quit Your Way tools for independent quitters.
To help increase the chances of success, the Vermont Quit Network also offers access to free or reduced cost nicotine replacement therapies – patches, gum and/or lozenges – to smokers using quit counseling (while supplies last).
For more information visit 802Quits.org
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