Tobacco use causes employees to miss work more often due to sickness, and makes them more expensive to insure. Each year, smoking deaths cost businesses $97 billion nationwide.The Surgeon General has said that smoke-free workplace policies are the only way to eliminate secondhand smoke exposure at work. Separating smokers from non-smokers, cleaning the air, and ventilating a building cannot prevent exposure if there are still people smoking inside the building. Workplace smoking restrictions, which are legal, can also encourage smokers to smoke less, or even quit.
Tobacco free workplace policies not only protect workers from the health dangers of secondhand smoke, but they result in a more efficient work environment. Using the Worksite Tobacco Policy Index to provide technical assistance to worksites and for pre-post assessment of policies, we can identify strengths and weaknesses in existing worksite tobacco policies and identify steps needed to strengthen policies.
The Fax To Quit Program allows healthcare and professional and community-based organizations to refer tobacco-using individuals to PA Free Quitline services for expert, evidence-based and confidential coaching to become tobacco-free.
Your organization can participate in the Fax to Quit initiative by completing the forms below during brief interventions with tobacco users and faxing them to the number listed on the form. In addition to the blank and ready to use referral forms, completed sample forms are also provided blow. Additional training on this initiative and brief tobacco intervention is available to you and your staff upon request.
Fax to Quit allows you to integrate your services with the free resources offered by the PA Free Quitline and promote healthy lifestyles in your community!
The Southwestern Regional Tobacco Coalition is a multi-county effort created to address the diverse issue of tobacco use in the southwestern health district of Pennsylvania.