Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Colorado businesses support employees during Great American Smokeout

Colorado businesses, local public health agencies and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment have teamed up to support Coloradans who want to quit tobacco during the Great American Smokeout. This statewide partnership connects people with resources for quitting and encourages them to make Nov. 20 the day they quit smoking for good.

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. They may use the date to make a plan to quit or plan in advance to quit smoking that day. The Great American Smokeout challenges people to stop using tobacco and informs them about the many tools they can use to quit smoking for good.

Tobacco not only harms smokers; it also affects their employers’ financial health. Smoking-related illnesses cost employers an average of $2,056 per smoker every year in excess medical expenses, as well as $979 per smoker in absenteeism. Studies show smoking breaks cost employers an average of $3,077 per smoker annually in lost productivity. People in certain occupational groups are disproportionately affected, including food service, construction, retail and administrative workers.

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