In South Carolina almost three quarters of adults are everyday smokers who cost the state more than $2 billion annually, as well as over $1 billion in lost workplace productivity. Did you know that:
- Even brief exposure to secondhand smoke from cigarettes can trigger an asthma attack
- Employees exposed to secondhand smoke on the job are 12% -19% more likely to get lung cancer
- Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart attack by 25%-35%
- Tobacco users miss 2.3 more days of work per year due to sickness compared to non-tobacco users
- Tobacco-Free facilities make it easier for smokers to quit and for ex-smokers to stay quit
- Free resources are available to help employees quit
SC state agencies have been quick to go tobacco-free through the A Healthier State initiative. While many agencies have tailored their tobacco-free efforts to meet their unique needs, participating agencies typically prohibit the use of tobacco products in any form, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, anywhere on the worksite campus. The Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control (DTPC) provides technical assistance and resources to educate agency employees and visitors (including customers, clients, contractors, and vendors). Customized materials are available at no cost through DTPC.
To participate in A Healthier State: Make Every Workday Great, call (803) 898-2282.