How much does having a smoker on staff add to your costs? On average, smoking breaks and higher health costs related to smoking cost employers the equivalent of nine weeks’ lost productivity per year, according to a survey by the nonprofit National Business Group on Health.
While 82 percent of employers said they should help employees quit smoking, only 4 percent offer smoking-cessation programs. And making the workplace smoke-free doesn’t work any magic; 78 percent of smokers surveyed said those policies didn’t help them quit.
Tip: Contact your organization’s health insurance carrier to see if it offers smoking-cessation materials or programs.