When it comes to secondhand smoke, half-measures like designated smoking rooms won't cut it because there is no safe level of secondhand smoke. Only 100% smoke-free policies fully protect workers' health. These policies also offer the greatest support to smokers trying to quit.
Smoke-free policies can take on one of two forms:
Your written smoke-free policy should begin by stating your goal to create a safe, healthy workplace for all workers. Give yourself at least 6 months to 1 year to plan for the new policy. Mention the documented health risks of secondhand smoke. Be clear and simple about where smoking is prohibited. Avoid exceptions to the policy. Voice your commitment to help smokers who want to quit. Design the policy to treat all workers fairly, regardless of title or smoking status.
Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Agency has the tools you need to formulate a successful smoke-free policy in your Indiana business. Contact us today - CLICK HERE to request a toolkit or download the toolkit below.
Resources to educate your employees
Several items are available in electronic format for you to educate your employees on the impact of their tobacco addiction and cessation resources such as the Indiana Tobacco Quitline.
For employee education:
For employer use:
Resources for Employers
Employers who join the Quit Now Preferred Employer program have the opportunity to order tobacco cessation materials at no charge. As an employer, some of the materials available to you include fax referral forms, tobacco education brochures and posters. Order