It is estimated that Florida’s annual workplace productivity losses attributable to smoking are $4.4 billion, according to the American Lung Association. West Florida AHEC can help establishments work towards increased employee productivity through promoting a tobacco-free policy. Employers can help their employees quit tobacco use by inviting West Florida AHEC’s Tobacco Specialist(s) to provide a tobacco cessation class at their worksite. Providing a tobacco cessation course to employees – even better, working towards a tobacco free workplace – in turn benefits employers because:
- Healthy employees are more productive; thus, take fewer sick days.
- Employees will exhibit increased morale.
- Non-smokers experience a decrease in second-hand smoke.
- There is no cost to employees or employers.
Companies interested in providing Tobacco Free Florida AHEC Cessation programs have the option of one of two programs.
Quit Smoking Now – occur once a week for the duration of the 6-week program
Tools to Quit – a 2-hour, one time session
The Worksite Program is instructed by a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and Nicotine Replacement Therapy is provided to participants to support their quit plan, free of charge. The instructor is available for follow up and support.