How Much is Smoking Costing You?
Is your business smoke-free? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts a $3,391 price tag on each employee who smokes: $1,760 in lost productivity and $1,623 in excess medical expenditures annually. Making your business smoke-free can save you money!
- In Florida, the annual direct costs to the economy attributable to smoking were in excess of $19.6 billion1, including workplace productivity losses of $4.4 billion, premature death losses of $7.9 billion and direct medical expenditures of $7.3 billion.
- The Florida Medicaid program covers $1.2 billion of these smoke-related medical expenditures.
- Annual personal healthcare expenditures related to smoking have declined $1 billion or 11.3 percent.
- Since the Bureau of Tobacco Prevention Program (BTPP) was reinstated, reductions in adult smoking prevalence resulted in a total estimated savings of $4.2 billion in personal health care expenditures in Florida.
- Expenditures by the BTPP created a total of 1,291 jobs in Florida generating $37.5 million in total labor income and $95.6 million in total expenditures impact (2009).
Why Be Smoke-Free?
Many insurance companies offer substantial discounts on life, disability, and medical insurance policies for non-smokers. Further, having a smoke-free workplace may enable a business to negotiate lower fire and property insurance premiums.
We Can Help
We will gladly provide signage for your business to indicate it is a smoke-free place. Additionally, the Health Department has literature about smoking and offers FREE smoking cessation classes for anyone interested in quitting the tobacco habit.
If you would like more information on becoming a smoke-free business or would like help with establishing a smoke-free policy, call Vince Nguyen at 850-564-2253 and we will help you do it at no cost!
Florida Clean Indoor Air Act - information on smoke free laws and how to report a violation
1 Florida Tobacco Cessation Alliance.