As well as the damaging effects on the health of employees, it is widely recognised that smoking has a damaging impact on the productivity of businesses and to the wider Welsh economy.
Economic cost to businesses
Research we carried out in 2012 revealed that smoking was costing Welsh businesses an estimated £88.4m a year, putting added pressure on already cash-strapped companies.
This figure includes loss of productivity through smoking breaks; loss of workforce through excess sickness absence due to smoking-related illness; and damage to premises through smoking-related fires, all of which are having a significant impact on Welsh businesses. Smoking breaks alone are estimated to cost Welsh businesses £39.5m a year.
A recent example comes from the Welsh Contact Centre Forum who announced that smoking-related sick leave costs their sector £1.6m a year in Wales and has a higher percentage of smokers (30%) than society on the whole (19.2%). The contact centre industry in Wales employs 30,000 people; this equates to 9,000 smokers.
Why be smokefree?
Making a business smokefree and by supporting staff to quit smoking for good offers numerous financial and health benefits all round.
- Reduce time lost through smoking breaks
- Reduce absences due to illness
- Reduce the risks and costs related to smoking-related fires
- Improve the overall health of employees
- Reduce air pollution in and around entrances
Our support for businesses
We offer a range of accredited training for businesses such as educating peer-leaders to help colleagues to quit smoking. We also offer 6 weeks of supportive sessions within any workplace which has a group of employees looking to quit. This will include pre- and post-quit sessions and support.