Smoking used to be commonplace in offices, conference rooms, cafeterias, restrooms, and everywhere else in the average workplace. That was 20 plus years ago. People have become increasingly aware of the negative impact of smoking on health during the past couple decades.
Quitting For Everyone’s Benefit
Imbalance in Treatment of Non-Smokers vs Smokers
Non-smoking employees grew increasingly vocal about the smell of smoke and the potential negative effect of second-hand smoke on their health. Employers started by building designated smoking areas or a lounge for employees who smoke. However, employees would have to walk through the smoking area to get into work because employers wanted the smoking area close to cut down on break time. Smoking employees were still allowed more breaks than those who didn’t smoke. All this lead to a less and less friendly environment for smokers.
Smoke-Free Policies and Clean Air Quality
State and local legislators decided employees and customers had the right to clean air and smoke-free businesses. So, Smoke-Free Workplace Policies were put into action. To protect and enhance our indoor air quality and to contribute to the health and well-being of all employees, a company should be entirely smoke-free. Additionally, the use of all tobacco and smoking products, including chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes, should be banned from the workplace, except as designated in this policy. Smoking areas should be away from doors, communal areas, and parking lots; smoking and tobacco products should be kept entirely in the individual’s vehicle or away from the property.
Keep Things Fair
Do not allow smoking employees any more breaks than non-smoking. Tobacco products must also be disposed of in designated areas to keep communal areas clean and professional. Provide a rewards program for employees who don’t smoke and to help others quit.