Tobacco Use Is The Leading Cause Of Preventable Death In Canada. Health concerns from tobacco use are not limited to people who smoke, non smokers exposed to secondhand smoke are at risk of many of the same health conditions as those who smoke. Effective workplace policies and programs to reduce smoking rates can increase positive health outcomes for those who smoke and those who do not.
- Improvements in employee health and job satisfaction.
- Increased productivity.
- Reduced absenteeism.
- Enhanced workplace image.
Practical Ideas for promoting a supportive environment that prevents tobacco use and supports employees to quit
World No Tobacco Day May 31, 2020: Every year the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates World No Tobacco Day. This annual campaign is an opportunity to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form. The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2019 was on tobacco and lung health. Stay tuned for the release and details on the May 31, 2020 campaign
Smoking Cessation Service
Learn proven techniques and new skills to successfully handle any situation in your life without nicotine. The EFAP Stop Smoking Centre online program consists of:
- Interactive exercises
- Goal-setting and action planning
- Online support forum
Support is available every step of the way for those tough moments and to provide useful tools and strategies for remaining smoke-free. The information and tools will help you to:
- Understand why and when you smoke
- Intercept your smoking triggers
- Change how you think and behave
- Prevent relapse
- Build social support networks
- Deal with stress and other obstacles that may affect your progress
Your EFAP program may not include all services described on this website, please refer to your benefit material for more information.
Nova Scotia resources for tobacco reduction and smoking cessation:
- 8-1-1 allow you to talk with a quit smoking specialist. To chat online, employees must register on the Tobacco Free website and then click the "Chat with a Counselor" button.
- Nova Scotia’s stop smoking motivational messaging program, text SMOKEFREE (all one word) to 1-902-700-7700.
If you're interested in developing a reduction in smoking and tobacco in your municipality, the Nova Scotia Health Authority has a Smoke and Tobacco Reduction policy to reference.
Additional Resources to Help Develop a Municipal Smoke Free Policy
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety: Learn more about enacting tobacco-free policy in the workplace.
- Creating a smoke free policy in the workplace resources.
- Step by step guide on going smoke free from Ottawa Public Health.
TIP: If creating a policy, remember to include regulations for e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco and cannabis