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Smokers Hurt Bottom Line

Smokers take a toll on the bottom line of their employers, says a Conference Board of Canada report. On average, each smoker cost their employer an estimated $4,256 in 2012, more than $3,800 in lost productivity due to unsanctioned smoking breaks and more than $400 in lost productivity due to absenteeism. This amount has risen by more than 25 per cent since the Conference Board's 2005 estimate of the per-smoker cost to employers. “The workplace is an ideal setting to combat smoking. Canadian businesses should have a strong financial incentive to help smokers quit, especially in industries like construction, mining, and transportation that employ predominantly male blue-collar workers. The prevalence of smoking is much higher than average in these industries and employers are less likely to offer effective cessation programs, benefits, policies, or practices," says Fares Bounajm, senior research associate, Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care, and co-author of ‘Smoking Cessation and the Workplace: Benefits of Workplace Programs.’

Courtesy of Benefits and Pensions Monitor website News Alerts

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