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How Tobacco Hurts Your Bottom Line

There are many ways that tobacco affects your business:

Employees Who Take Smoke Breaks:

An employee taking four 10-minute smoke breaks a day is away from the job for more than one extra week per year than a nonsmoking employee.

Employees Who Smoke Have Higher Absenteeism:

Smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to be absent from their jobs. On average, current smokers are absent 2.3 more days per year due to illness than nonsmokers.

Employees Who Smoke Smell of Smoke:

Thirdhand smoke is the smoke that clings to the hair, skin and clothes of smokers as well as furniture, carpeting and walls. Nonsmoking adults may be at risk of tobacco-related health problems when they inhale, ingest or touch substances containing thirdhand smoke. Simply put, many nonsmoking employees and customers don’t want to be around others who smell of smoke.


Department of Health and Human Resources
350 Capitol Street | Room 514 | Charleston, WV 25301 | Phone: (304) 356-4193 | Toll-free: (866) 384-5250 | Fax: (304) 558-1553