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  • Tobacco Free Policy

    1. 1. Tobacco-Free Campuses: Tobacco Cessation Programs at Work Marci Nelson, BS, CHES Tobacco Prevention and Control Program Utah Department of Health [email_address] (801) 538-7002
    2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Present the benefits of a tobacco-free workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Provide information on available cessation services </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss seven key steps in developing and implementing a tobacco-free policy </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss strategies in enforcing and maintaining a tobacco-free policy </li></ul>
    3. 3. Tobacco Health Effects <ul><li>Long-term </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Heart disease </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stroke </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lung function </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cancers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ulcer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Infertility </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Short-term </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Respiratory illness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decreased lung capacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High blood pressure & cholesterol </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nervousness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mouth problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced taste & smell </li></ul></ul>Responsible for more than 440,000 premature deaths each year in the United States .
    4. 4. Health Effects of Secondhand Smoke <ul><li>Stillbirth; miscarriage </li></ul><ul><li>Premature Birth </li></ul><ul><li>Cleft palates and lips </li></ul><ul><li>Sudden Infant Death </li></ul><ul><li>Infertility </li></ul><ul><li>Tooth Decay </li></ul><ul><li>Cancer </li></ul><ul><li>Bronchitis; pneumonia </li></ul><ul><li>Asthma </li></ul><ul><li>Upper Respiratory Disease </li></ul><ul><li>Ear Infections </li></ul><ul><li>Coughs </li></ul>Secondhand smoke affects loved ones & is a powerful motivator to quit!
    5. 5. Keep Your Business Healthy: Utah Tobacco-Free Workplace Toolkit http://www.tobaccofreeutah.org/shsworksitekit.pdf <ul><li>Use your company’s health plan to help employees and their families quit tobacco. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage use of free tobacco cessation services such as the Utah Tobacco Quit Line and Utah QuitNet </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and maintain tobacco-free worksite policies. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Perspectives from Three Companies <ul><li>Neerings Plumbing & Heating </li></ul><ul><li>Industrial Supply </li></ul><ul><li>Fresenius Medical Care </li></ul>
    7. 7. Neerings Plumbing & Heating <ul><li>Family owned company since 1935 </li></ul><ul><li>Technicians are licensed journeymen plumbers and/or trained and educated in HVAC </li></ul><ul><li>35 employees </li></ul><ul><li>Implemented tobacco-free policy January 1, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Troy Neerings </li></ul><ul><li>(801) 467-3951 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
    8. 8. Industrial Supply <ul><li>Serving mining industry since 1916 </li></ul><ul><li>Outfitters to construction and industry </li></ul><ul><li>165 employees at seven sites </li></ul><ul><li>Implemented smoke-free policy in 1983 </li></ul><ul><li>Philip Thompson </li></ul><ul><li>(801) 484-8644 </li></ul>
    9. 9. Fresenius Medical Care <ul><li>Fresenius Medical Care – production facility </li></ul><ul><li>Company is world’s largest dialysis products provider </li></ul><ul><li>1,500 employees in Ogden </li></ul><ul><li>Implemented tobacco-free policy July 1, 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Joe Hudak </li></ul><ul><li>(801) 626-4640 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
    10. 10. Benefits of a Tobacco-free Workplace <ul><li>Lower your costs </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce your liability </li></ul><ul><li>Protect your employees’ health </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce absenteeism </li></ul><ul><li>Increased productivity and morale </li></ul>
    11. 11. Step 1: Use Your Company’s Health Plan to Help Employees Quit <ul><ul><ul><li>Nearly 80% of adult smokers in Utah want to quit and 60% have made a quit attempt in the past year </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Most effective treatment includes medication and coaching/counseling </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tobacco users are two to three times more likely to quit when have access to effective services </li></ul></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Step 2: Encourage Use of Tobacco Cessation Services <ul><ul><ul><li>Utah Tobacco Quit Line </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Professional counseling sessions by telephone </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Individualized Quit Plan </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>NRT upon qualification (patch and gum) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Quit Kits & information </li></ul></ul></ul>Spanish Quit Line 1.8 77.629.1585
    13. 13. <ul><li>http://utahquitnet.com </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Quitting guide </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Medication guide </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Expert counseling </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personalized quit plan </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>24-hour community support </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Online NRT purchase </li></ul></ul></ul>Lifetime membership!
    14. 14. Step 3: Develop and Maintain a Successful Tobacco-free Policy <ul><li>Seven key elements: </li></ul><ul><li>1. Form a policy work group </li></ul><ul><li>2. Involve union representatives if needed </li></ul><ul><li>3. Include all forms of tobacco </li></ul><ul><li>4. Consider the extent of the policy </li></ul>
    15. 15. Step 3: Develop and Maintain a Successful Tobacco-free Policy <ul><li>Seven key elements (cont.): </li></ul><ul><li>5. Communicate the policy </li></ul><ul><li>6. Determine enforcement authority </li></ul><ul><li>7. Comply with the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act </li></ul>
    16. 16. #1 Form a Policy Work Group Determine the types and numbers of managers and employees that are optimal for your company to develop the tobacco-free policy.
    17. 17. #2 Involve Union Representatives If Needed Developing a tobacco-free policy addresses an area in which management and unions have in common – the safety and health of the employee.
    18. 18. #3 Include all Forms of Tobacco All forms of tobacco (spit tobacco, cigars, pipes, etc.) are dangerous. Though some tobacco products may be less risky than others, all tobacco products are cancer-causing and addictive.
    19. 19. #4 Consider the Extent of the Policy Your company’s policy can range from meeting minimum legal requirements (UICAA) to prohibiting tobacco anywhere on the worksite.
    20. 20. <ul><li>#5 Communicate the Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Employees need to be kept well informed about changes to company policy, changes to health plan coverage, and the availability of services to help them quit tobacco use. </li></ul><ul><li>Communication strategies: </li></ul><ul><li>Intranet </li></ul><ul><li>Payroll stuffers </li></ul><ul><li>Posters and displays </li></ul><ul><li>Employee orientation, staff, and meetings </li></ul>
    21. 21. #6 Determine Who Will Enforce the Policy A well-written policy should be very clear on the consequences for violating the policy. Consequences should be similar to those for violations of similar types of organizational policies.
    22. 22. #7 Comply with the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act . It is up to each business owner to ensure compliance with enforcing UICAA statute and rule requirements. For assistance, contact the Utah Department of Health at 1.877.220.3466 .
    23. 23. Enforcing Your Tobacco-free Policy Minimize the need for direct enforcement by carefully developing a plan to publicize the tobacco-free policy via employee meetings and signage.
    24. 24. Maintaining Your Tobacco-free Policy <ul><li>Review policy periodically </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss and resolve any challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Revise policy as needed </li></ul>
    25. 25. Keep Your Business Healthy: Utah Tobacco-Free Workplace Toolkit <ul><ul><li>Attachments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal Implications of Secondhand Smoke </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tobacco Policy Checklist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employee Survey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sample Policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tobacco Policy Issues and Solutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Health Department Contacts </li></ul></ul>
    26. 26. Review <ul><li>Three Steps to Making Your Worksite Tobacco Free </li></ul><ul><li>Use your company health plan </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage use of tobacco cessation services </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and maintain a tobacco-free policy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Form a policy work group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involve union representatives if needed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include all forms of tobacco </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider the extent of the policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate the policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine enforcement authority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comply with the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act </li></ul></ul>For more information, contact: Tobacco Free Resource Line: 1-877-220-3466
    27. 27. Questions?

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