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Tobacco

I want to make my Workplace Tobacco-Free

Tobacco-free workplaces save lives and money.  Your workplace can:

  • Support employees who are trying to quit smoking.
  • Motivate current smokers to think about quitting or to smoke less.
  • Prevent non-smokers from starting to smoke.
  • Attract non-smokers to your workplace.
  • Protect the health of all workers.
  • Reduce maintenance and insurance costs.

Smoking and other forms of tobacco use remain the leading cause of preventable illness and deaths in Ontario.

  • This accounts for 13,000 deaths per year.
  • This is 3 times more than deaths caused by alcohol, drugs, suicide, homicide, car crashes and AIDS all put together.

Tobacco use costs the Ontario economy over $7 billion annually.

  • $1.93 billion in health care.
  • $5.8 billion in productivity costs.

In Durham Region,

  • 16% of Durham Region adults continue to smoke daily.
  • 8% of Durham Region adult non-smokers report still being exposed to second-hand smoke at their workplace.

Promoting Tobacco-Free Policies (PDF)
A Guide for Workplaces


For more information, please call Durham Health Connection Line 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.