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

  • Healthy 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

QNNC! Cessation Policies and Programs for Employees in Worksites