Given that most adults spend many of their waking hours at work, worksites are seen as a potentially useful place to encourage employees to quit or never start using tobacco. Worksites may include interventions focused on the individual, the physical environment (e.g., restricted smoking areas) and/or changes in policies to eliminate tobacco use (e.g., insurance incentives for tobacco-free employees). Some programs and policies have been offered by management, while others have been developed jointly through labor/management negotiations. There are also interventions that have been developed to build support for tobacco-free employees both from fellow employees and family and friends.
In developing your intervention, it is important to consider the feasibility of engaging in these various strategies and to consider alternatives as appropriate. For example, many small businesses find it useful, and cost effective, to work with existing community programs to assist employees in quitting tobacco use off-site. It is also important that the opportunities created are flexible enough to meet the needs of a wide variety of employees. For example, you might choose to identify restricted smoking areas or not allow smoking on any of the premises.
These programs have been implemented in a wide variety of unionized and non-unionized workplace settings, including: manufacturing (oil refineries, electric, clothing, food, household goods), health care, bank or financial services, public transit, local, state or federal government, telecommunications, aerospace, education, social services and military worksites, among others.