Tags: smoking

New cancer detection early evidence backs opportunity for employers to support smokers

Early results from the largest ever randomised trial for lung cancer have provided new evidence of the value of employer-led testing to both save lives and reduce healthcare costs. The initial results from a study by NHS Scotland ECLS of 10,000 high-risk smokers demonstrate a higher than expected cancer detection rate (sensitivity) of 81 percent,…

Will you support ‘Stoptober’ and help your employees quit smoking?

Leading employers are supporting this year’s Stoptober quit smoking campaign because smoking is bad for business. Smoking currently costs the economy in England a massive £13 billion a year, with businesses losing over 11 million days of productivity each year due to smoking-related sick days, which alone costs £1 billion a year. Over 250 companies…

Every smoker clocks up 136 hours of lost productive time a year

Smoking breaks and additional sick leave are costing UK businesses £8.7 billion in lost productivity every year, according to the latest research carried out for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) by Cebr ahead of No Smoking Day on 12th March. The research shows the average smoker takes four smoking breaks in the working day, lasting…

Should employers allow e-cigarettes in the workplace?

E-cigarettes are battery powered devices designed to replicate smoking behaviour without the use of tobacco. They turn nicotine, flavour and other chemicals into a vapour that is inhaled by the user. The exhaled vapour can be seen and some products also have a light at the tip which illuminates when the user inhales. Whilst smoking in enclosed or substantially…

Smokers cost companies £4,000 more to employ annually

A new study, published in the journal, Tobacco Control, has claimed that smokers cost approximately £4,000 a year more to employ than non-smokers. Researchers in America say their calculations show that that time off work costs employers the equivalent of £344 a year per smoker, lower productivity costs £307 and smoking breaks cost £2,045. Commenting…

An ambitious new strategy will halve the number of smokers, from 21 to 10 per cent of the population by 2020, Secretary of State for Health Andy Burnham announced today. The number of people smoking has fallen by a quarter in the past decade – just last year 337,000 people stopped smoking thanks to free…

Stephen Bevan and Michelle Mahdon of the The Work Foundation argue that employers need to go beyond thinking about work and health in the context of either sickness absence or health promotion in the workplace.

Almost exactly a year since the imposition of the smoking ban in England, a trade body has commended its success. According to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), the ban has worked because the law was backed by strong and simple regulation. Commenting on the development, general secretary of the congress Brendan Barber said: "It was…