Smoking Cessation and the Workplace: Briefing 3—Benefits of Workplace Programs

The Conference Board of Canada, 20 pages, October 2013
Briefing by Fares Bounajm, Carole Stonebridge, Louis Theriault
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This briefing measures the productivity losses that can be attributed to smoking and estimates the potential benefits of introducing an effective workplace smoking cessation program in the workplace.

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Smoking has a detrimental impact on the bottom line of Canadian firms and the overall productivity of the Canadian economy for the following reasons: unsanctioned smoking breaks; increased absenteeism; and its association with an increased risk of short- and long-term disability and premature mortality. Reducing smoking can foster a more productive and reliable workforce.

Canadian businesses have an important role to play and a strong financial incentive to help smokers quit. When it comes to dealing with the problem, employers can choose from a number of effective workplace smoking cessation programs.

In this third, and final, briefing, The Conference Board of Canada evaluates the effectiveness of an employer program that is based on the engagement of a community pharmacy. Using this as a case example allows employers to leverage the growing scope of practice, training, and expertise of community pharmacists in evidence-based smoking cessation methods.

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