New Hampshire Smoke-free Workplace Law
The NH Indoor Smoking Law was established in 1990 as the Indoor Smoking Act RSA 155:64-77 to protect the public from involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke. A major conclusion of the 2006 Report of the Surgeon General states, “The scientific evidence indicates that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.” Executive Summary, p. 9. In 2007, the Indoor Smoking Act – Amendment 42 was amended to prohibit smoking in all restaurants and cocktail lounges, further protecting the employees of those establishments from secondhand smoke exposure while working.
Learn how your workplace can support comprehensive tobacco free and other evidence-based tobacco control policies. There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure. Smoke free and tobacco free policies improve indoor air quality, reduce negative health outcomes among nonperson who uses tobacco, decrease cigarette consumption, and encourage person who uses tobacco to quit. Comprehensive policies, that prohibit smoking or all forms of tobacco use, can be adopted by multiple settings such as workplaces, health care educational facilities, and multi-unit housing.
Helping those who uses tobacco in the WORKPLACE
The business case for addressing tobacco use in our workforce is compelling. Smoking is one of the nation’s expensive health problems in human, social and economic conditions. Employers invest significant financial resources in health insurance for their workers; it makes sense to invest in the health of the workforce.
Tobacco use is estimated to cost employers more than $2,660* per year per person who uses tobacco. This cost is primarily due to absenteeism, lost productivity and increased costs for insurance services. Helpline employees successfully quit will improve your bottom line.
Here are some steps to consider:
- Effective cessation methods are available. Assess the return on investment of purchasing cessation services for your workforce.
- Partner with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to implement QuitWorks-NH in worksites that have an on-site clinician (e.g. wellness manager, EAP, or nurse).
- Distribute information to your employers about the state’s free helpline for people who use tobacco at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
- Create an environment that is conducive to quitting and that supports tobacco users’ quit attempts.
* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Smoking attributable mortality; years of potential life lost, and productivity losses; United States 2000-2004. Mortality Weekly Report 2008; 57(45)