Tobacco Use and Your Bottom Line
Tobacco Free Florida offers a variety of resources to help your business limit costs while creating a supportive workplace environment that encourages your employees to quit tobacco.
We provide self-guided support through our Tobacco Free Florida Worksite Toolkits or if you’d like someone to help guide you through the process, you can contact a Tobacco Free Florida representative in your county.
- Protect Your Bottom Line
As Florida businesses navigate the economic uncertainty of the future, it is increasingly important to consider costs, productivity losses, and staffing expenses to stay competitive in the marketplace. Many businesses like yours are discovering that addressing something as simple as tobacco use in the workplace can have a profound effect on profitability.
Recent studies of the private-sector across the United States have found that employees who smoke cost businesses thousands of dollars each year when compared to non-smoking employees.1 This cost to businesses like yours comes primarily in the form of increased health care costs and productivity losses.
Increased Health Care Costs: On average, health care costs for employees who smoke are up to 34 percent higher than those who do not use tobacco.2 Every employee who smokes can cost your business an extra $2,056 a year in medical expenses.1 Additionally, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), insurers could charge up to 50 percent higher for premiums for tobacco users,3 which may further impact your bottom line.
Productivity Losses: Tobacco is also the leading contributor to lost productive work time.1 Businesses like yours lose an average of $4,056 per smoker every year in lost productivity.2 Workers who smoke at least one pack of cigarettes a day experience 75 percent more lost productive time than nonsmoking workers.1 In fact, just three 15-minute smoke breaks a day add up to more than a week of lost time in one year.
- Calculate How Much Tobacco Costs Your BusinessCalculate How Much Tobacco Costs Your Business.1,9
The potential costs of tobacco-use on Florida businesses are well documented. Use the formula below to see how much your business is likely losing in productivity and health-related expenses. The results may surprise you.Do you offer health insurance to your employees?Number of Employees×Florida Smoking Rate=Number of SmokersNumber of Smokers×Lost Productivity Costs per Smoker=Total Lost Productivity CostNumber of Smokers×Excess Medical Costs per Smoker=Total Medical CostsTotal Costs
- Tobacco Free Florida’s Worksite Toolkits
Tobacco Free Florida’s Worksite Toolkits are special guides designed to help you reduce your costs and create a healthy, supportive work environment for your employees, clients, and visitors. Separate toolkits are available for employers interested in different ways to improve their workplaces.
Benefits to Quit Toolkit
The Benefits to Quit Toolkit is designed for employers who currently offer or are considering health insurance benefits for their employees. The best way to help your employees succeed in their goals to quit tobacco is to provide comprehensive tobacco-related health insurance benefits including counseling and medication at low or no cost.4 In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers tobacco-related health insurance coverage to be the most cost-effective health insurance benefit a business can provide to its workers.4
To learn more about how tobacco-related health insurance benefits can save you money and help your employees, download our Benefits to Quit Toolkit.
3 Ways to Quit Toolkit
The 3 Ways to Quit Toolkit is designed for employers who do not provide health insurance or are unable to improve their health insurance benefits at this time. Promoting Tobacco Free Florida’s 3 Free and Easy Ways to Quit within your business can connect your employees to the help, resources, and the support they need to quit tobacco for good.
To learn more about how you can connect your employees to these free resources, take a look at Tobacco Free Florida’s 3 Ways to Quit Toolkit.
Tobacco Free Grounds Timeline
Making the grounds of your business tobacco free is one of the most effective ways to support the efforts of tobacco users trying to quit. A tobacco free grounds policy nearly doubles the chance that employees will quit tobacco,7 creates a healthier work environment for everyone, and helps protect your bottom line.
Tobacco Free Florida has simplified the process of establishing a tobacco free grounds policy by breaking it down into a step-by-step timeline that you can use to keep track of your progress. To learn more, download our Tobacco Free Grounds Timeline.
- Contact a Tobacco Free Florida Representative
Tobacco Free Florida representatives serve as consultants for the community and can help businesses minimize the impact that tobacco use has on their bottom line. Representatives are available to meet with your business to help you develop effective tobacco free policies. Please contact us if you are interested in receiving free, business consultation services from one of our local representatives.
- Get RecognizedFlorida Tobacco Cessation Alliance Worksite Wellness Award
Tobacco Free Florida is proud to partner with the Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance to recognize Florida businesses that provide outstanding tobacco cessation insurance benefits to their employees. This award shows your commitment to creating both healthy employees and healthy profits. If you believe your business offers great tobacco cessation insurance benefits, we’d love to recognize you and spread the word in your community. See if you qualify by visiting ftcalliance.com/worksite-wellness-award.
1 Berman M., Crane R., Seiber E., & Munur M. (2013). Estimating the cost of a smoking employee. Tobacco Control. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012-050888
2 Leif Associates Inc. The business case for coverage of tobacco cessation: 2012 update. (2012). Available at: http://www.ctri.wisc.edu/Employers/Actuarial.Analysis.pdf. Accessed June 29, 2013.
3 American Lung Association. Tobacco-related provisions of the Affordable Care Act. (n.d). Available at: http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/tobacco-control-advocacy/reports-resources/2012/factsheet-tobacco-related-provisions-of-the-aca.pdf. Accessed June 29, 2012.
4 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2002). Coverage for tobacco use cessation treatments. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/cessation/coverage/page1/. Accessed June 29, 2013.
5 America’s Health Insurance Plans. (n.d.). Making the business case for smoking cessation programs. Available at: http://www.businesscaseroi.org/roi/apps/executive_summary.pdf. Accessed June 29, 2013.
6 Shopland, D.R., Anderson, C.M., Burns, D.M., & Gerlach, K.K. (2004). Disparities in smoke-free workplace policies among food service workers. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 46(4):347–356.
7 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). Smoke-free policies reduce smoking. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/secondhand_smoke/protection/reduce_smoking/. Accessed June 29, 2013.
8 Fichtenberg C., & Glantz, S. (2002). Effect of smoke-free workplaces on smoking behaviour: systematic review. British Medical Journal, 325(188)
9 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). Behavioral risk factor surveillance system
10 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Quitting Smoking Among Adults — United States, 2001–2010. MMWR. 2011;60(44):1513–1519.