Tobacco and Tobacco Cessation

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Data shows that smoking accounts for 3.1 million years of potential life lost for males and approximately 2 million years for females annually. Coupled with this enormous health toll is the significant economic burden of tobacco use. A smoker costs a private employer in the US an extra $5,816 per year compared with a nonsmoker.

What Can Employers Do?

  • Offering smoking cessation programs (78% of large employers already do), and adding incentives
  • Offering a health insurance premium discount to nonsmokers
  • Enacting policies for smoke-free workplaces and campuses
  • Providing an HSA contribution for nonsmoking employees or reducing the HDHP deductible for nonsmoking employees

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The Business Case for Tobacco Cessation The Business Case for Tobacco Cessation
Provides the data available to help employers build the business case for tobacco cessation programs and policies.

Designing Incentives to Discourage Tobacco Use Designing Incentives to Discourage Tobacco Use
Looks at various types and values of tobacco-related incentives, the definitions of tobacco used by employers, as well as the methods employers use for identifying tobacco use.

The Evolution of CVS Health’s Smoking Cessation Strategy The Evolution of CVS Health’s Smoking Cessation Strategy
CVS studies show that retail stores taking tobacco off their shelves has real public health impact and sheds light on the most effective incentive structures to encourage employees to quit tobacco.



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Workforce Strategy 2019
Our annual conference is the best source of leading-edge content, high powered networking and up-to-the-minute sharing of new ideas and best practices for large employers focused on well-being, productivity and workforce strategy.

Blog Post: Preventing COPD Through Tobacco Cessation Programs
The leading cause of COPD globally is tobacco use and employers play an important role in encouraging employees to quit or avoid using tobacco.

Employer-Sponsored Health & Well-being Survey
When it comes to outcomes-based incentives, employers are most focused on rewarding for tobacco cessation.

Physical Health Resources
Access all Business Group resources on Physical Health and learn about a variety of strategies to promote weight management, encourage healthy eating, increase physical activity, eliminate tobacco use, and help employees appropriately manage chronic conditions in the workplace.

Global Resources on Tobacco and Tobacco Cessation


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