Smoke Free Workplaces, Now On Focus

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To comply with regulations of South Africa’s Tobacco Products Control Act, the workers head out of their office buildings to smoke. The main thing is that the act has empowered the employers to ban smoking in the workplace premises. Further more companies are on their way to implement smoke free building policies in their premises to regulate the use of tobacco.

One step ahead:

The Cleveland Clinic along with emerging number of other U.S. Hospitals is turning away the job applications from the individuals who smoke, as per the news reported by Health Daily News. This has flamed discussion between the health advocates and the worker’s rights organization, if the denying of jobs based on smoking is fair and just. The latter group disagrees that it accounts to employment discrimination, whereas the anti-tobacco group puts forward that if they turn away smokers, it will reduce absenteeism and health care costs besides setting a healthy example. In many US states the non-nicotine recruitment policies are considered legal.

Dr. Aditi Satti says that this is an excellent way to spread the message that smoking is injurious to health. Dr. Aditi Satti is the director of smoking cessation curriculum at the Temple University Hospital. She says that it’s just a fine line which runs between personal liberties and public health and time will tell if it has proved to be an incentive.

Ban the smoke breaks:

A German businessman says that if you ban the staff from taking smoke break, it will result in improving their health besides improving productivity. President of BVMW, Mario Ohoven Saya that smoking breaks always cost employers money. He explains further that every employee who opts for three smoke breaks everyday costs the employer 2000 Euros yearly because of lost work. Also smoking breaks leads to discrimination between the smokers and non smokers. While the smokers remain unproductive during the smoke breaks, the non smokers are productive. Still representatives from country’s trade union argued that the breaks are however needed for the employees involved in stressful jobs.

According to the Association of Smoking and Health, smoking cost employers too much expenses, i.e.

Absenteeism: On average, smokers are absent 50 percent more often than nonsmokers.

Productivity: One has only to visualize the smoking ritual to realize the time lost by smokers. Research is documenting lower productivity in smoking employees and increases in productivity when smoking is limited or banned.

Insurance: Additional health-care cost per smoker in this country is slightly over $300 per year in 1983 dollars, and this estimate is conservative.

This was found out by Associate Professor William Weis and Economist Marvin Kristein.




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