The Smoke Free Air Act, which celebrated its 14th anniversary in 2022, prohibits smoking in places of employment; however, it does not extend to smokeless tobacco. That means products like vape pens or e-cigarettes are legal to use unless a business implements a tobacco and nicotine free policy.
According to the journal Tobacco Control, smokers miss about 2.6 more days of work each year than non-smokers. Additionally, the American Cancer Society estimates tobacco-related health care costs and lost work productivity equal $289 billion dollars in the U.S.
The decision by an employer to become a tobacco and nicotine free workplace benefits both the company, its employees, and its patrons. This also sends a message to youth that vaping products still contain nicotine, which is addictive, and these products have not been proven healthier than traditional tobacco products.
In fiscal year 2022, the following were the most recent businesses to adopt a tobacco and nicotine free policy: MP Childcare Center, Brown’s Shoe Fit, Nikki K’s Dance, Salon Monroe, Etc., Chamber of Commerce, and Henry County Public Health. Iowa State University and Outreach congratulates these businesses in helping make a healthier environment for all. Contact Chris Kempker if you are interested in implementing a tobacco and nicotine free policy at your business. Free resources and signage are available. Call Chris at 319.385.8126 for more information.