DOH-Volusia - Benefits of Supporting Employees in Quitting Smoking on World No Tobacco Day May 31
May 20, 2019
Daytona Beach, Fla. - In observance of World No Tobacco Day May 31, the Volusia County Health Department (Volusia CHD) is recognizing local employers who have made efforts towards improving the health of their workplaces through strengthening tobacco policies and facilitating access to tobacco cessation programs.
Establishing updated policies to reduce and discourage tobacco use is important for improving the health of a worksite but it is also makes sense financially. According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, a business can save as much as $2,000 per year for each employee who quits tobacco through reduced insurance costs. Research conducted by Penn State University found an employee who smokes could cost a business more than $6,000 every year due to additional healthcare costs and losses in productivity.
AO Precision, a manufacturing company in Daytona Beach has been working to help employees become tobacco free by offering a $500 incentive to those who quit.
"We launched our program at the start of 2019," said Jessica Johnson, AO Precision HR manager. "Since then we have had four employees successfully quit and stay tobacco free. Our goal is to motivate and encourage all of our employees to lead the healthiest and most rewarding lifestyles they can. Smoking cessation is one step in the right directions towards meeting that goal."
The Volusia CHD also is recognizing two other Daytona Beach businesses that are taking steps toward stronger work policies on tobacco. Daytona Dodge is offering an onsite tobacco cessation class to employees and their families. Emory L. Bennet Memorial Veterans Nursing Home in Daytona Beach will make the change to tobacco free grounds July 1, which will benefit their employees along with residents and visitors by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke.
In addition to increasing a business's bottom line, smoking can also cost individuals a lot more than just their health. A pack-a-day smoker in Florida can spend more than $2,000 in just one year and more than $10,000 in five years on cigarettes. People can also access Tobacco Free Florida's online cost calculator to find out how much money they could save by quitting smoking at tobaccofreeflorida.com/calculator.
Tobacco use is directly associated with a variety of respiratory diseases and cancer and remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Florida and the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Avoiding or quitting tobacco use is critically important to the physical and mental well-being of all people globally.
Tobacco Free Florida's Quit Your Way program makes it easier than ever for tobacco users to access evidence-based, free tools and services to help them quit tobacco. For more information, please visit tobaccofreeflorida.com/quityourway.
World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is celebrated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and its international partners. This year's focus is on tobacco use and lung health.
About the Florida Department of Health
The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
About Tobacco Free Florida
The department's Tobacco Free Florida campaign is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida's tobacco settlement fund. Since the program began in 2007, more than 212,000 Floridians have successfully quit using one of Tobacco Free Florida's free tools and services. There are now approximately 451,000 fewer adult smokers in Florida than there was 10 years ago, and the state has saved $17.7 billion in health care costs. To learn more about Tobacco Free Florida's Quit Your Way services, visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com or follow the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TobaccoFreeFlorida or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tobaccofreefla.