Tobacco use continues to be a leading cause of preventable death in Vermont. Some groups of employed adults—including those working in food service, maintenance and construction-related occupations—have even higher rates of tobacco use. The prevalence of adult smoking has decreased over the last decade, in part due to polices supporting tobacco-free workplace. Worksites can continue to play an important role in reducing tobacco use and creating an environment that supports a right to breathe clean air.

Recommended Strategies:

Education and Awareness

  • Promote free cessation resources through 802Quits.

  • Offer incentives or challenges to encourage quitting.

On-Site Support

  • Encourage physical activity or relaxation breaks as alternatives to smoking breaks.

  • Host on-site, online or other tobacco cessation counseling.

  • Move cigarette receptacles away from building entrances.

Policy Change

  • Implement a tobacco- and vape-free property policy with signage.

  • Develop guidelines for participations in tobacco cessation activities during the workday.

  • Ensure tobacco cessation counselling and medication are offered through the organization's health insurance.

  • Create a property-wide tobacco-free policy that includes e-cigarettes and make sure employees are aware it exists.

RELATED RESOURCES:

For more information, download the going tobacco-free section of the Worksite Wellness Toolkit!