Tobacco and Tobacco Cessation

There are more than one billion smokers in the world. Tobacco use kills 5.4 million people a year which translates into one person every six seconds or one in 10 adult deaths worldwide. During the 20th century, more than 100 million deaths were caused by tobacco; given current trends, tobacco will be responsible for one billion deaths during the 21st century.

A person’s employer can influence his or her smoking behaviors. Companies have the power to directly or indirectly encourage employees to quit and help them successfully do so.  Why should an employer get involved? Simply put, good employee health is good business. Employees that use tobacco are absent from work more often and are less productive while at work. They also see physicians more often frequently and are hospitalized for longer than colleagues that don’t use tobacco.

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Featured Resources

Developing Global Policies: Tobacco Developing Global Policies: Tobacco
Presents the decision points a company must negotiate when developing a global organizational tobacco policy.

Creating a Tobacco-Free Workforce: An Interview with Ingersoll Rand Creating a Tobacco-Free Workforce: An Interview with Ingersoll Rand
This case study explores how the company developed and rolled out a global policy prohibiting tobacco use at work.

Roadmap to a Global Tobacco-Free Company Tobacco in the Asia-Pacific Region
This presentation highlights various tobacco-related issues in the Asia-Pacific region and aims to help Global Business Group on Health (GBGH) members understand the magnitude of tobacco use, prevalence at the regional and country level.



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