Smoking Cessation Programs and Your Company's Bottom Line
Does your company have employees who smoke? Maybe some are
stressed or overweight. These issues not only endanger their own health; they can also cost businesses
big bucks! There are many strategies that business owners and managers can do to help
their employees in the workplace. The statistics in this article come from the American Cancer Society,
the American Lung Association, the Centers for Disease Control of the National Institutes of Health, and the
World Health Organization.
While you may think that an employee's
choice to smoke is a strictly private matter, perhaps you'll reconsider when you know what smokers can cost
their employers. Here's a few U.S. statistics that may surprise
• Health care costs for
smokers are as much as 40% higher than for non-smokers in the same age group.
• Corporate employees who smoke cost their employers $1429 more per smoker, per
year, in increased health care costs, as compared to non-smoking employees.
• Smokers cost U.S. employers over $40 billion a year to due to premature death
and disability as a direct result of smoking.
• Various studies estimate that smokers are two to three times more often absent
from work, as compared to non-smokers.
• Compared to non-smokers, in any given year, smokers are 50% more likely to be
hospitalized and have 15% higher disability rates.
• Smoking causes millions of dollars of damage each year, due to fires.
Between 1993 and 1996 the National Fire Protection Association reported $391 million in direct damage caused by
smoking-related fires. While many of these fires occur in the home, some do occur in the
• In general, employees
who smoke are less productive than non-smokers because they have less energy, are sick more often, and take more
breaks in order to contend with the demands of nicotine addiction.
So much for the costs to corporations. Most people know that smoking is bad
for one's health. However, most people don't realize just how bad smoking really is.
These sobering facts and statistics should make anyone
think twice about smoking.
• Smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the U.S. and accounts for
20% of all deaths in the U.S. annually. The Centers for Disease Control report that smoking causes approximately
440,000 premature deaths in the U.S. annually and approximately $157 billion in health-related economic
• In the 1990s, smoking was estimated to cause one in five male deaths from
cardiovascular diseases in developed countries (and about 6% of female cardiovascular deaths).
• Smoking causes about one-sixth of all deaths in developed countries. This
proportion is rising, because more women are taking up the habit. This means that about 200 million out of the 1.2
billion people living in developed countries will eventually be killed by
For information on Corporate Stop Smoking Programs
contact Diane Edwards at 1-888-800-8990 or email: DianeEdwards@GreatHypnosis.com
Sessions at Corporate and other Organizational Settings
Maintaining and encouraging the health of its employees is a primary goal for any business.
Proactive health maintenance and disease prevention programs are not only greatly valued and appreciated by
employees, but improving productivity is just plain good for business!
Corporate Group hypnosis sessions for corporations, non-profits and other groups can
be organized on-site at your location. Weight loss, smoking cessation, stress management, peak performance,
wellness and other issues can be effectively addressed in group sessions as well as through a program combining
both group and private sessions.
Please call Diane at 619-246-9661 for pricing and more information