Quit Now NC! aims to help employers identify
tools and resources, and develop policies that create healthy environments
for their employees in all workplaces, and patients in healthcare
settings. Businesses that invest in prevention see improved health
of their employees and health care savings. Investing in prevention
makes good business sense.
Tobacco-related illness, obesity, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity
cost North Carolina employers an average of $5,000 per employee. These
issues lead to chronic disease, resulting in absenteeism and decreased
productivity, and escalating healthcare costs for employers and employees.
The number one reason why people quit the use of tobacco is when their
worksite goes tobacco-free. When such policies are implemented, employees
need to be supported with resources and benefits giving them access
to counselors and appropriate quitting medications. Counselors and
programs are listed in the NC
Good Health Directory and tobacco quitting experts are available
through the NC
quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW; every day from 8:00 a.m. to midnight.
Medications, such as nicotine replacement therapies, should be offered
at no-cost or low cost. People who get counseling and medications
can double their chances of successfully quitting.
Buying Prevention Benefits
Employees Create Healthy Businesses is a tool for making an
investment in both the health of your employees and in healthcare
savings. The guide will help employers identify current and future
health costs and provides tools that assist in purchasing benefits
tailored to the health needs of employees in North Carolina.
- The Preventive
Benefits Watch provides Information on NC health insurance benefits
for quitting tobacco.
- The Working
Smoke-Free website provides information to help employers and
employees make their worksites tobacco-free. Information is available
to aid in making and implementing a tobacco-free workplace policy.
You'll find health and financial reasons to become a tobacco-free
workplace, resources you'll need to develop and implement a tobacco-free
policy, and success stories from NC businesses that have already
made the switch to a tobacco-free workplace.
Costs of Tobacco
Policies and Programs for Employees in Worksites