Create A Smoke Free Workplace

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Australia, claiming 15,500 Australian lives every year. So, how can you support your staff to help them kick the habit?


World No Tobacco Day is on May 31, 2019, and the focus is on tobacco and lung health. It’s an excellent opportunity to increase awareness on the negative impact that tobacco has on lung health in your workplace. It’s time to provide a call to action and advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

Quit and stay healthy

It’s no surprise that a smoke-free workplace can encourage your employees to become healthier. In fact, having a smoke-free workplace can help your employees to improve their health, morale and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

As a result, healthy employees are more productive, less prone to absenteeism and have higher staff morale and satisfaction.

How to put the break the habit

Here are some ways to help create a healthier workplace by motivating your employees to quit smoking:

  • Encourage your employees who want to quit smoking to talk to their doctor and contact the Quitline on 13 78 48. You can also obtain a free Quit Pack by calling the Quitline. The Quit Packs are great resources for your staff who want to quit smoking.

  • Support staff who want to kick the habit to join a quit smoking program or use quit smoking aids.

  • Implement a smoking policy and program in the workplace that addresses the different needs of all parties. Make sure to involve relevant groups in the development and implementation of the policy such as human resource departments, occupational health and safety committees and unions.

  • You can also implement smoke-free areas in prominent places. Try discouraging smoking breaks and give your staff other alternatives, such as free fruit in the break room.

  • Create a company culture of awareness by posting educational messages in visible areas such as info boards, bathrooms, elevators and other high-traffic areas. Utilise internal meetings, newsletters or memos to promote awareness of the smoking policy.

Stub-out smoking

It’s crucial that compliance with the smoke-free policy is a condition of employment. Adherence should be monitored as it would for any other workplace policy.

Making these changes won’t be easy for smokers. Offer to counsel and ensure that your staff understand the reasons for the smoke-free policy. There are plenty of great how to quit resources that can help your smokers get started on quitting the habit.

Providing the right help and support can go a long way to ensure that your employees can quit for good.