The Greater Sebring Chamber of Commerce




Are your profits going up in smoke?

 $3,383 a year... thats 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%

Reduce Absenteeism

    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

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