How to Improve Your Bottom Line

Public Health

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What you need to know

​​Do something about the dent tobacco puts in your profits. Click on the following statements for tips to help you out.

Know the facts.

In 2016, 2,500 Nebraskans died from smoking-attributable causes. That's 48 people a week — nearly seven people each and every day.

Businesses pay an average of $2,189 in workers' compensation costs for smokers, compared with $176 for nonsmokers.

From 2013 – 2015, there were 521 smoking-related fires in Nebraska, resulting in a total loss of more than $7.9 million.

Encourage employees who use tobacco to quit.

Nonsmoking employees are healthier, and healthier workers miss less work, are more productive and have lower health care costs.

Increase health insurance premiums for those who smoke or use other tobacco products. And/or offer nicotine replacement therapies (gum, patches, etc.) as a health insurance benefit.

Promote the free and confidential Nebraska Tobacco Quitline, (800) QUIT-NOW (784-8669), as a resource for employees.

Establish a tobacco-free campus policy.

Since 2009, indoor workplaces in Nebraska have been smoke-free. However, exposure to secondhand smoke can occur anywhere — indoors and outdoors. By establishing a tobacco-free campus policy, you're telling your employees and customers that you care about their health and welfare. A tobacco-free campus policy reduces your liability because disability claims based on secondhand smoke exposure are eliminated. It also takes care of tobacco litter that is oftentimes a turnoff to customers.

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