Butting out for good

Employees already know the risks, but smoking-cessation program can help them quit the habit
By Jennifer Elia
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/30/2014

While employers know some employees smoke, they may not appreciate the thousands of dollars per year that each smoker costs an organization in lost productivity and absenteeism.

Although the proportion of people who smoke is considerably lower than it was a generation ago, more than 16 per cent of Canadians are still smokers and the majority smoke daily, according to a 2012 Health Canada survey.

Prevalence is higher among males (18.4 per cent) than females (13.9 per cent) and men tend to smoke more cigarettes per day. People 25 to 34 years old — prime working age — have the highest prevalence, found the government.