Study Throws Light On the Help Needed By Workers To Quit Smoking
Date: 19 th December, 2006
A study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion in 2006 reveals that only 4 percent of employers provide help to workers in quit smoking and as such their smoking cessation attempts fail to yield successful results. The study also makes it clear that employers are not helping out their employees to get rid of smoking addiction in spite of the fact that smokers have to shell out a huge amount in their attempts to get rid of the habit of smoking and have to abstain themselves from work that further results in nine weeks loss of productivity on a yearly basis.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes it apparent that the cost incurred in the prevention of smoking induced illnesses is $1,850 per smoking employee and the productivity loss on account of smoking and smoking related comes to about $1,897 per employee in an organization where employees are hooked to smoking tobacco containing substances.
In another survey released separately by the National Business Group on Health, 82 percent employers admitted that they should adopt separate steps to help their workers getting rid of smoking addiction.
Though smoking is banned in many offices, 78 percent of the employees have pronounced that the steps adopted by the employers are not effective to induce smoking cessation in the workforce.