In Your Workplace

If your community is not protected by a smokefree law, whether you are an employer wishing to protect your workers or an employee working to bring smokefree air to your workplace, you can work towards and adopt a voluntary smokefree workplace policy.

Smokefree workplaces are good for health and good for business.

Many people have higher levels of exposure to secondhand smoke than they believe, much of it stemming from the workplace. While many workplaces are smokefree due to a city, county, or state smokefree law, many more workplaces still allow smoking. Since people spend most of their waking hours at work, smoking in the workplace causes tremendous destruction to employers and employees alike.

Smokefree workplace policies not only protect workers from the health dangers of secondhand smoke, but they result in a more efficient work environment. Going smokefree in the workplace will also:

  • Lower maintenance expenses (carpets, drapes, cloths, paintwork)
  • Lower insurance premiums (fire, medical, works comp, liability)
  • Lower labor costs

See Secondhand Smoke for more information on how secondhand smoke exposure in the workplace affects employee's health and productivity.

All this equals greater profits and a healthier and safer work environment for employees, employers, and patrons alike.

Musicians Speak Out About Smoke-filled Workplaces

"It's a new thing in our contract," Gedge says. "I just asked the venues, 'Can people please refrain from smoking in front of the stage,' so people started going outside or to the bar, and for some reason, the merchandise stand became a magnet, so the people who sell our T-shirts said, 'Can you please ask people not to smoke at the merchandise stand as well?' No one's really complained, and people seem to respect it. We were quite surprised. Our crowd is older now, because the band's been away so long. I think you get more considerate as you get older. (Hahn, F., "A Growing Refrain: No Smoking," Washington Post: WE05, April 29, 2005)