Workplace Smoking Policy
A Workplace Smoking policy enables your organisation to create and
implement an agreed approach on all aspects relating to smoking whilst at work. The
policy belongs to your organisation and sets out the ways in which you work to support
and encourage employees and other stakeholders to quit smoking.
A smoking policy for: Workplace A
Effective from: 00/00/00
Next review date: 00/00/00
This section of the policy could include The need for a smoking policy
information on some of the following
Smoking is known to be the principal avoidable cause
Why and how smoking affects health
of premature deaths in the UK. 22% of all male deaths
Quality of life benefits
and 11% of all female deaths are due to smoking.
How the organisation can create an Giving up smoking can reduce the risk of developing
environment that supports and many smoking related illnesses. Inhaling other
encourages non-smoking people‟s smoke puts non-smokers at risk of illness too.
How the support of smoking cessation
initiatives can demonstrate that the 4 out of 5 deaths from lung cancer are caused by
workforce is valued and the work-life smoking
balance is respected. 10 in every 100 deaths from stroke are associated
Smoking is associated with cancer of the lungs,
larynx, mouth, pancreas, bladder, kidneys, cervix,
oesophagus, and the stomach or gut.
Smoking is the main cause of chronic bronchitis
Smoking can lead to diseases of the arteries in the
legs (peripheral arterial disease) which can also
lead to the need for an amputation.
Heart attached death rates are up to 10 times
greater than non-smokers aged under 50.
The workplace has a key role to play in providing a
clean air environment for all its employees whilst
recognising and supporting the needs of smokers.
Giving up can help reduce the health risks associated
with smoking - just one day after you stop smoking the
level of carbon monoxide (poisonous gas found in
cigarettes) is the same as that of a non-smoker.
Evidence shows that within 10-15 years of giving up,
an ex-smokers risk of developing lung cancer is only
slightly greater than someone who has never smoked.
An example aim is given on the right. Aim of the policy
Other examples are:
To implement a whole organisation approach to
To increase the opportunities for
employees to learn more about the
smoking that considers the needs of both smokers and
dangers of smoking non-smokers
To increase opportunities for employees
to quit when they are ready
To create a workplace environment which
encourages employees not to smoke
To set out a co-ordinated approach to
increase the awareness of the health
risks associated with smoking
To ensure that our working environment
promotes the health and wellbeing of
employees, clients and visitors.
The objectives should be clear and SMART Objectives
(Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic
To implement a smoking policy that raises
and Time-specific). See the examples
opposite. awareness of the positive reasons to quit smoking
Each objective should be followed by what Provide educational leaflets and resources on
the organisation will do – „policy actions‟ – to smoking cessation support services
meet the objectives Include workplace health on the agenda at every
Set up a smoking focus group
Provide 1-2-1 and group smoking cessation service
Train individuals within the organisation as
smoking cessation counsellors.
Hold smoking cessation promotional events
To implement a smoking policy that supports
employees to make healthier choices in a variety
Encourage employees to make healthier choices
through the use of promotional and motivational
resources, e.g. encouraging employees to take a
walk when they feel the need to smoke
Provide designated non-smoking areas
Provide information on local smoking cessation
Investigate the feasibility of making the workplace
smoke free prior to the 2007 legislative changes
One week each year will be designated “Smoking
Cessation Week” with a range of organised
To remove barriers and enable employees to quit
smoking when they are ready
Review current provision of smoking cessation
Provide access to smoking cessation counsellors
for all smokers
Develop links with local NHS smoking cessation
services and establish regular visits.
How will this policy be communicated Communication
throughout the organisation?
All employees will be made aware of the smoking
policy and the support services available. The smoking
policy will be included in the employee handbook and
employee information or induction packs.
A specific focus group will be established to take the
actions from this policy forward – regular updates will
be provided to all employees via their line
The policy should be reviewed regularly Review and monitoring
Employees participating in promotional activities will be
How will you track progress?
regularly asked for feedback.
Employees making use of smoking cessation services
will be regularly asked for feedback where appropriate
(some services may be offered confidentially)
A Smoking audit will be undertaken annually.
A Smoking action plan will be maintained by the
Smoking Cessation Workplace Champion (WPC)
The policy, status updates and evaluation reports will
be circulated to management and be available on
request through the Smoking Cessation WPC.
The policy will be reviewed six months from
implementation and then annually after that.