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Local Employers Benefit from Adoption of Tobacco Free Workplace Policies
November 16, 2017

Orange Park, Florida – Several local workplaces are making big strides in supporting the health and well-being of their employees by adopting tobacco free workplaces.
In 2012, Orange Park Medical Center adopted a comprehensive tobacco free workplace policy, supporting their employees’ efforts to quit smoking and enhancing their current wellness policies.

The tobacco free policy includes the hospital grounds and vehicles.  Current employees receive a discount on their health insurance plan if they are nicotine free.  They are also able to take free cessation classes through the Quit Your Way program offered by Tobacco Free Florida to qualify for the health insurance discount and enjoy the benefits of a tobacco free lifestyle.

Enhanced Recovery Center is going tobacco free after providing free cessation resources to their employees.  They’ve provided on-site classes for their employees, many of whom have successfully quit smoking.

St. Vincent’s Clay County has a tobacco free campus.  In addition to their commitment to a tobacco free workplace for employees and visitors, they are offering free cessation classes through the Quit Your Way program offered by Tobacco Free Florida.

The free Quit Your Way program allows employees to call, go online, or even attend face-to-face cessation classes, many of which have been hosted at their places of employment in order to support tobacco cessation efforts.

One of the primary reasons an employer chooses to adopt a tobacco free workplace is the high cost associated with tobacco use at work.  Pack-a-day smokers are estimated to have 75% more lost productive time during the work day than their non-smoking co-workers, and healthcare costs are an average of 34% higher than those who do not use tobacco. (Estimating the cost of a smoking employee, 2013) In Florida, the average loss in productivity annually for a tobacco user at the workplace is $4,056.  The average extra medical expense for tobacco users is $2,056. (Estimating the cost of a smoking employee, 2013.)

Tobacco Free Grounds policies also support employees in their attempts to quit, helping them to change their habits and avoid temptations to smoke.

For more information about adopting a tobacco free workplace, visit www-tfp-gilchrist.org or contact Jacque Gunter at JGunter@QuitDoc.com. To learn more about the Quit Your Way program, visit TobaccoFreeFlorida.com/QuitYourWay.