Tobacco & Smoking

Tobacco Cessation and Prevention: Helpful Resources

LOCAL RESOURCES Smokers’ Helpline  -  1-877-513-5333 Peterborough County-City Health Unit  -  (705) 743-1000 Choose to Be…Smoke Free Support Group  -   (705) 743-1000  (free support group for women who would like to be smoke free, transporation and child care provided) STOP on the Road Quit Smoking Workshops  -  (705) 743-1000  (free smoking cessation workshops held in [...]

Create Diversions to Avoid Smoke Breaks

Hamilton Healthy Workplaces: Quit the Smoke Break is a resource that helps workplaces and employees trying to quit smoking avoid the temptation of taking a smoke break.  Here’s what they say: “Trying to quit or help your employees quit? Do breaks make you or your employees want to smoke? Then quit the smoke break.  One [...]

Promote Smoking Cessation Programs

Provide flexibility for staff to attend local cessation programs (i.e., Choose to Be…Smoke-Free) or partner with community organizations to offer on-site group cessation support. To start, consider posting these Choose to be…Smoke Free tear off posters in key locations around your workplace. Also promote these resources via e-mail or intranet services: Free Quit Smoking Support [...]

Support Your Employees to Quit

Provide incentives, support and/or resources to employees who wish to quit smoking (i.e., lunch ‘n’ learns, identify workplace cessation champions, newsletter inserts, etc). Promote these resources to employees ready to quit (click on the title to visit the website): Don’t Quit Quitting Check out the online “Quit Counter” – See your progress in real-time. Keep track of the [...]

Keeping Workplace Vehicles Smoke-Free

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act outlines that smoking is not allowed in any workplaces including workplace vehicles.  The Middlesex-London Health Unit has a quick Fact Sheet about what the Act requires for workplace vehicles.  For the full Fact Sheet see: Here are some of the highlights: EMPLOYERS MUST: post no smoking signs in workplace vehicles give [...]

Promote the Smokers’ Helpline

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Smokers’ Helpline is a free, confidential service that offers personalized support, advice and information about quitting tobacco.  You can access the Helpline by phone at 1-877-513-5333, on-line at and via interactive text messaging support. Source:  Peterborough County-City Health Unit

Raise Second-Hand Smoke Awareness

Host a seminar on second-hand smoke and the important measures that governments and employers take to reduce second-hand smoke in the workplace.  Important discussion points might include the toxic contents of second-hand smoke, its health consequences, and local policies that place restrictions on smoking. Source:  County of Lambton Community Health Services Department

Engage Your Employee’s Motivation to Quit Smoking

Breaking the habit begins with the motivation to do so.  With the help of local health organizations, prepare a smoking cessation program that focuses on developing a personalized quit plan, discussing how to live without tobacco, and learning about nitoctine replacement therapy in a welcoming and supportive environment.  Emphasize small steps and small rewards that allow [...]

Driven to Quit Challenge

This is a provincial contest that awards those who quit smoking for a minimum period of time the opportunity to enter into a draw to win amazing prizes.  Friends and family members of smokers are encouraged to become a support buddy in “The Challenge” for their chance to win a buddy prize.  For details and [...]

His & Hers Health Fair

Organize a Health Fair at your workplace. Invite organizations to provide a display or handouts that introduce employees to the issues related to healthy eating, staying active, and maintaining vitality throughout life. Approach different organizations for resources.  Organizations could include your local Health Unit, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Mental Health Association, Canadian Diabetes Association, or the [...]

Remind Employees of Smoke-Free Laws

Everyone can benefit from a friendly reminder once in a while.  Provide informational handouts on the effects of second hand smoke and the importance of smoke-free laws in pay stubs or pay cheque envelopes given to all employees.   Source:  Peterborough County-City Health Unit

Award Employees to Kick the Habit

Create incentive programs and recognition awards for employees who quit smoking or significantly reduce the amount of cigarettes they smoke daily.  With their permission, recognized employees may appear on a bulletin board or in a workplace newsletter.  Incentive programs may include additional benefits or privileges for employees who quit.   Source: County of Lambton Community [...]

Financial Assistance for Smoking Cessation Aids

Consider reimbursing employees for the cost of smoking cessation aids such as nicotine patches, gum, or inhaler with a prescription from their doctor.   Source:  Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

Actively Promote Your Company’s Health Benefit Plan

If your health benefit plan covers medications and other supports that may help employees quit smoking, make these benefits known to employees.  Create posters, pay-stub inserts, and other announcements that publicize these tools and strategies to interested workers. If your benefits plan does not include these, explore the feasibility of including coverage or subsidization for Nicotine Replacement [...]

Implement and Enforce Smoke-Free Workplace Policies

Create or revise comprehensive workplace smoke-free policies that go beyond the Smoke-Free Ontario Act which prohibits smoking in enclosed workplaces and work vehicles. For example, create polices in which smoking is not permitted within a nine metre radius surrounding any entrance, exit or air intake OR even better implement a 100% smoke-free property policy. Remember, [...]

Create an Attractive Placemat for Your Cafeteria Trays

Employees might welcome this creative alternative to the monthly wellness newsletter.  A recyclable placemat could provide a helpful advertising tool for a variety of health topics such as healthy eating strategies, nutritious recipes, and workplace wellness events.   Source:  Peterborough County-City Health Unit

Feature Interactive Displays or Bulletin Boards in High-Traffic Areas

Colorful and attractive displays on nutrition and heathy eating easily draw the attention of employees.  Create posters or bulletin boards that advertise healthier  meal choices, healthy tips for food preparation, and favourite healthy recipes.  The same strategy can be used for many other topics including being active, being smoke free, responsible drinking, reducing stress, shiftwork, [...]