Getting employees to butt out for goodSteps to success: Conduct an assessment, make it personal and monitor resultsBy Erin Dick06/20/2011|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/26/2011 With so many smoking restrictions in place, smoking at the office is truly of a bygone era — something seen on TV shows such as Mad Men but never experienced first-hand. It’s hard to fathom nearly one-half (49.5 per cent) of all Canadians smoked in the 1960s, according to Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada.We’ve come a long way. Legislation and high cigarette costs have greatly restricted smoking and there’s much more awareness of the health risks, including those related to second-hand and third-hand smoke. The smoking rate has dropped to about 23 per cent, according to a 2011 report from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and almost all public areas and workplaces are smoke-free.While the overall trends are positive, the long-term health and cost issues related to smoking are too often overlooked. The habit and its effect on employee health and employer costs continue to be both relevant and significant. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.