Tobacco Cessation

Help your employees breathe easier with cessation resources.

The destructive effects of tobacco can be devastating to an organization. In the workplace, it causes employee absenteeism, reduces productivity, and spikes your health care costs. For both employers and employees, making a concerted effort to reduce tobacco usage can have a tremendous positive impact. Here are just a few tobacco cessation resources from a few organizations:

Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention. One of the strongest sources of local cessation support, the Center provides numerous aids for people trying to kick the habit, including:

The Wisconsin Quit Line
Because people who rely on a telephone counseling service are 3 to 4 times more likely to stop smoking, this free telephone counseling service generates impressive results. It’s a place to turn when the craving becomes overwhelming. The program has two components:

  • Fax to Quit program (.pdf)
    Includes a workplace-based tobacco discussion and the subsequent phone line counseling service.
  • Quit Line printed materials
    These include brochures, bookmarks and business cards available in multi-lingual formats, including English, Spanish and Hmong. To order, use the Quit Line Materials Order Form (.pdf).

World Health Organization. Known for its sponsorship of the annual World No Tobacco Day, this organization is eager to share materials you can use to help smokers young and old participate in a potentially life-saving day.

Making the Business Case for Smoking Cessation presents the business case for smoking cessation. The site includes a simple tool to help you estimate the potential Return on Investment (ROI) of common smoking interventions.

The National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH)

  • NBCH Action Brief on Oncology – This Action Brief outlines the scope of cancer as well as how health plans are addressing the issues. It also highlights actions employers can take to both improve cancer prevention strategies in the workplace, such as tobacco cessation.
  • Make it Your Business: Comprehensive Tobacco Control
    Charles J. Bentz, MD, FACP, Medical Director: Tobacco Cessation and Prevention, Providence Health & Services, Oregon
    In his presentation (.pdf), Dr. Bentz discussed the effects tobacco use has in the workplace and provided information about the potential advantages to businesses in helping smokers to quit.
  • Smoking Cessation: How Important is it?
    Dawn Weddle, Wellness Manager, International Truck and Engine Corporation
    In her presentation (.pdf), Ms. Weddle discussed how her corporation incorporated a smoking cessation program for their employees. The company, which had a long history of promoting wellness objectives, decided to launch a smoke-free initiative in 2005.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is recognized as one of the top resources for educational printed materials on smoking cessation. Printed in English and Spanish, notable guides include: