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Smoking Smoking Cessation in the Workplace Table of Contents Introduction p 3 Purpose p 3 The Effects of Smoke and Second-Hand Smoke p 4 Do Non-smoking Policies Succeed p 5 Why do People Continue to Smoke p 6 Promoting Smoking Cessation p 9 Conclusion p 15 Recommendations p 15 References p 17 Smoking Smoking Cessation in the Workplace Introduction The single most preventable factor that contributes to the major health problems facing Canadians today is the use of tobacco The very mention of the word smoking can evoke an argument from the calmest of people whether they are smokers or non-smokers The former feel threatened while the latter feel they may have the chance to bring an end to an activity they have long disliked and disapproved of Workplaces across the country are adopting smoke-free policies in order to provide clean air and to protect employees and the public alike from the harmful if not life-threatening effects of smoking According to the American Lung Association 1997 94 per cent of smokers and non-smokers now believe companies should either ban smoking totally in the workplace or restrict it to separately ventilated areas Purpose In response to an increased awareness of the dangers of smoking there has been a growing interest in the introduction of smoking policies for the workplace The purpose of this paper will be to outline some of the effects of smoking and the effectiveness of implementing smoking cessation programs This paper also contains specific goals and strategic direction with which to achieve these goals and provides the groundwork for the formation of a committee to review the research and aid in implementing the recommendations Well-designed and implemented programs and policies can aid in preventing the use and effects of tobacco and second-hand smoke The Effects of Smoking and Second Hand Smoke The effects of the use of tobacco are well
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