GOOD FOR YOU…
GOOD FOR BUSINESS
Are your profits going up in smoke?
$3,383 a year... that’s how much you POCKET as a company for every employee who kicks the habit…
Lower Your Costs
• Businesses pay an average of $2,189 in workers compensation costs for smokers compared with $176 for nonsmokers
• The American Cancer Society reports that employees who smoke have an average insured payment for health care of $1,145, while nonsmoking employees pay an average $762.
• The Center for Disease Control estimates that smoking costs employers an estimat- ed $3,383 per smoker per year, comprised of $1,623 in direct medical expenditures and $1,768 in lost productive.
• The National Fire Protection Association found that in 1998 smoking materials caused 8,700 fires in nonresidential structures, resulting in direct property damage of $60.5 million. Fire insurance is commonly reduced 25% to 30% in smoke-free businesses.
• The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that smoke-free businesses can expect to save about $190 per 1,000 square feet each year in lower cleaning and maintenance costs.
Protect Your Employees Health
• Reduce risk of lung cancer: Employees exposed to secondhand smoke on the job are 12% - 19% more likely to get lung cancer.
• Reduce heart attacks: Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of a heart attack by 25-35%
• Smokers, on the average, miss 6.2 days of work per year due to sickness compared to nonsmokers who miss 3.9 days of work per year.
Increased Productivity and Morale
• Employees who take four 10-minute breaks a day to smoke actually work about three weeks less per year than workers who don’t take smoking breaks. To put it a different way- Employees who smoke take a three week of vacation at your ex- pense!
• A tobacco-free workplace is more attractive to employees, and customers, since
A Tobacco Free Partnership between The Greater Sebring Chamber of Commerce, Highlands County Tobacco Free Partnership and Quitdoc