Snuffing out smoking

There’s a solid business case for getting employees to quit
By Todd Humber
|CHRR, Report on Healthy Workplaces|Last Updated: 09/14/2006

Workplace smoking bans are sweeping across the country, and it’s inevitable that every jurisdiction in Canada will outlaw all smoking in the workplace. It’s no longer a question of if, but rather a question of when.

“From a legislative point of view it will be, at most, five years before there is blanket coverage of all workplaces across Canada,” said Francis Thompson, a policy analyst with the Non-Smokers’ Rights Association, a non-profit health group based in Toronto.

All employers can take steps to help their employees quit, and research suggests the impact on the bottom line is well worth the effort.