About Smoke-free Workplaces
- You do not need to make a workplace 100% smoke-free; just designate a smoking area.
- You do not need to make a workplace 100% smoke-free; just create ventilated smoking rooms. Ventilation systems can get rid of tobacco smoke indoors.
- Smoke-free policies are unpopular with workers.
- Smoke-free workplace policies are only needed if there is a national smoke-free law.
- Smoking areas imply that workers and visitors are still exposed to second-hand smoke, and that fire and accident risks remain. The only way to eliminate the hazards of tobacco smoke is through a 100% smoke-free policy.
- Even the most advanced ventilation system cannot eliminate tobacco smoke or exposure to secondhand smoke. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers states that currently the only way to effectively eliminate the health risk associated with indoor exposure to second-hand smoke is to ban smoking.
- Most smokers support smoke-free policies once they’ve experienced its benefits.
- All countries mandate employers to provide a safe workplace for their workers, and tobacco smoke is a major health hazard. In several countries, smokefree workplaces have preceded national law and led the way for healthier policies.