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Making your workplace smokefree : a decision maker's guide

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    "As scientific evidence documenting the health hazards posed by environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) continues to mount, workplace decision makers have more reason than ever to protect employees from exposure to ETS on the job. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded in January 1993 that each year ETS kills an estimated 3,000 adult nonsmokers from lung cancer and that the workplace is a significant source of ETS. In a recent study, nonsmoking employees exposed to ETS at work but not at home had significantly higher levels of a nicotine metabolite in their blood than did nonsmoking workers with no work or home exposure to ETS. Levels of exposure to ETS are lowest in smokefree workplaces. Even before these recent studies were available, the U.S. Surgeon General had determined in 1986 that ETS is a cause of disease, including lung cancer, in otherwise healthy nonsmokers. The Surgeon General also reported that the simple separation of smokers and nonsmokers within the same airspace may reduce, but does not eliminate, the exposure of nonsmokers to ETS. In 1991, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that 'all available preventive measures should be used to minimize occupational exposure to ETS.' Health issues provide ample justification for restricting ETS exposure at the worksite. But there are other good business reasons. Instituting smokefree work environments can reduce costs for cleaning and maintaining facilities and equipment and improve employee morale. 'Smokefree' does not mean 'anti-smoker.' Policies that restrict or eliminate smoking may provide incentives for employees to stop smoking altogether. You can demonstrate your commitment to employees who smoke by offering to help interested smokers quit. In brief, that's the 'why' for companies and organizations to go smokefree. This handbook, Making Your Workplace Smokefree: A Decision's Maker's Guide, provides the 'how.' This up-to-date guide draws on years of research and first-hand experience, and it offers practical and proven strategies for implementing successful policies in a variety of work settings. As you will see in this guide, with a little planning an effective workplace policy is easy to implement. We hope that workplace decision makers will use this handbook as a blueprint for action in promoting the health and safety of all workers." - p. i
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