Under the Smoke-free Environments Act, all indoor workplaces must be smokefree. This includes offices, restaurants, bars, warehouses, factories, break rooms, taxis, internal areas of trains and ships, prisons and travel terminals and passenger lounges.
Many workplaces have extended their smokefree areas to outdoor areas and work vehicles. It is the right of the employer to set out expectation around smoking in the workplace policy.
There are lots of benefits to being smokefree at work, including:
- healthier workers and fewer sick days – smokers stay sicker longer and take about three times more sick days as non-smokers
- getting more done – a smoker taking four 10-minute breaks each day, which over a year adds up to working one month less than a non-smoker
- people who are bothered by smoke will not be exposed to it at work – there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke and it can exacerbate health conditions like asthma
- it contributes to successful quitting – when colleagues are trying to quit there is not the constant reminder, or trigger, when others are smoking around them
- there will be reduced cleaning and maintenance costs – office equipment, carpets and furniture will last longer.71
See the Wellplace website for tips on how your workplace can support stopping smoking and staying smokefree.