The California Labor Code requires all indoor worksites to be smoke-free. Increasing numbers of outdoor worksites are also going smoke-free for a variety of reasons. Refineries have always enforced smoking restrictions, but now some school districts, hospitals, and construction projects in high-fire areas are also becoming smoke-free, both indoors and outdoors.
If a worker who smokes goes to a non-smoking worksite, he or she has two choices: start chewing tobacco to satisfy the cravings or quit, at least during working hours. Since chewing is also addictive and can lead to serious health problems, quitting is clearly a better option -- for the worker and his or her family, for the employer, and for the Health and Welfare Trust Fund.
The purpose of this guide is to help construction employers establish worksite tobacco cessation programs that will benefit your employees and your own bottom line.
Why are cessation programs good business?
What should a cessation program include?
What companies do this successfully?
What options are available for your worksite?
This easy-to-use booklet addresses these questions and provides resources for large and small businesses.