Smokers incur $1,600 per year more in health-care costs than non-smokers
By year five of an employer-funded quit-smoking program, benefits savings are nearly twice the program's cost.
And what techniques have been found effective? Quoting from the SHRM report, authored by Stephen Miller:
• Mandating a smoke-free workplace , and creating a "culture of quitting" with effective marketing and messaging.
• Encouraging employee health risk appraisals and tobacco counseling from their physician.
• Providing access to telephone "quit lines."
• Covering pharmacological therapy on a first-dollar basis.
• Eliminating co-pays for cessation-related expenses and, when feasible, providing other incentives.
The report includes details about the success that Quintiles Inc., a North Carolina firm, has had with its quit-smoking program--and some impressive stats showing its success. One incentive for participants: A certificate for successful quitters signed by the company's chief medical officer.
The SHRM report also includes some useful links for other resources on smoking cessation.