10 facts about smoking at work (#1: smokers have a harder time getting hired)
The link between tobacco and the workplace goes far beyond whether people can smoke on the job (see #7). For Labor Day, take a look at these 10 facts about tobacco and employment.
- Smokers have a harder time getting hired. The chances of getting a job within a year reduced 24 percent for unemployed job seekers who smoked when compared to non-smokers—even when other factors like substance abuse and criminal history were taken into account.
- An employee’s smoke breaks cost his or her employer an estimated $3,077 dollars a year in lost productivity.
- Smokers earn 20 percent less money compared to non-smokers.
- The food preparation and service industry has the highest rate of smoking among full-time workers at 45 percent.
- When more workplaces go smoke-free, more homes do too.
- Smoke-free workplaces also help encourage people to quit smoking.
- 30 states have adopted smoke-free workplace laws.
- State and local smoke-free workplace policies protect more than 227 million people, or 74.2 percent of the U.S. population.
- Smoke-free restaurant laws may help to prevent youth from starting smoking.
- Smoke-free workplace policies are the only way to protect workers from secondhand smoke. Cleaning, ventilating or creating separate areas for smokers is not a substitute.