How Tobacco Hurts Your Bottom Line

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​There are many ways that tobacco affects your business. Click on the following statements to learn more.

Employees who smoke take more breaks.

An employee taking four 10-minute smoke breaks a day is away from the job for more than one extra week per year than a nonsmoking employee.

Employees who smoke have higher absenteeism.

Smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to be absent from their jobs. On average, current smokers are absent 2.3 more days per year due to illness than nonsmokers.

Tobacco use results in higher insurance claims and costs.

Employees who smoke generally cost employers more in workers' compensation and health care. In Nebraska, the annual medical costs incurred from smoking are $795 million.

Tobacco use results in more tobacco litter.

Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the United States. They're not only unsightly but toxic. Many people don't want to walk through littered cigarette butts to enter your place of business.

Employees who smoke smell of smoke.

Thirdhand smoke is the smoke that clings to the hair, skin and clothes of smokers as well as furniture, carpeting and walls. Non smoking adults may be at risk of tobacco-related health problems when they inhale, ingest or touch substances containing thirdhand smoke. Simply put, many nonsmoking employees and customers don't want to be around others who smell of smoke.

Customers may be entering your business through a cloud of smoke.

Since 2009, indoor workplaces in Nebraska have been smoke-free. As a result, smokers go outside to smoke and expose others to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is a major health risk. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, “There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke; even brief exposure can be harmful."

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