The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts a $3,391 price tag on each employee who smokes: $1,760 in lost productivity and $1,623 in excess medical expenditures. In addition, estimated costs associated with secondhand smoke’s effects on nonsmokers can add up to $490 per smoker per year. On average, smokers miss 6.16 days of work per year due to sickness (including smoking related acute and chronic conditions), compared to nonsmokers, who miss 3.86 days of work per year.
Employees who take four 10-minute smoking breaks a day actually work one month less per year than workers who don't take smoking breaks. There is no smoking policy where I work. Smokers can take as many smoke breaks and when ever they want. This past winter the grounds were littered with cigarette butts after the snow had melt. Nonsmokers were required to clean up the butts. Nonsmokers are exposed to cleaning out cigarette receptacles. Smokers stand in the middle of the sidewalk exposing nonsmokers to second hand smoke. A smoking ban on all Federal Grounds (Owned or Leased) will provide a healthier and safer work environment, less litter on the grounds, increase work productivity, reduce the exposure of cigarette waste to nonsmokers, and save the goverment millions of dollars in medical costs and future law suits.