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Hernando County Community Coalition Encourages Worksites to Adopt Tobacco Free Policies

By Ashley D. Thomas, DOH-Hernando PIO

June 24, 2019

Brooksville, FL Local employers who would like to make efforts toward improving the health of their workplaces through creating a smoke and tobacco free policy or strengthening current tobacco policies are encouraged to reach out to the Hernando County Community Coalition.

“Establishing policies to reduce and discourage tobacco use is important for improving the health of a worksite,” Ashley Thomas, Public Information Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Hernando County (DOH-Hernando) shared. “Promoting a tobacco free environment allows nonsmokers to avoid exposure to secondhand smoke and can also encourage current tobacco users to reduce their use.”

Working with resources provided by Gulfcoast North AHEC (Area Health Education Center) and DOH-Hernando, the Hernando County Community Coalition offers no-cost support for current tobacco users who may be working toward quitting by facilitating access to tobacco cessation programs.

“Discouraging tobacco use is important for improving the health of a worksite but it is also makes sense financially,” Tresa Watson, HCCC Spokesperson shared. According to research by Penn State University, each year cigarette smoking costs the United States more than $298 billion in workplace productivity.

According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, a business can save as much as $2,000 per year for each employee who quits tobacco through reduced insurance costs.

To access Tobacco Free Florida’s online cost calculator and find out how much money businesses could save by quitting smoking, visit Contact Tresa Watson at 352-596-8000 to learn how your workplace can benefit from a tobacco-free policy.