Employers 'Tool Kit' To Make Worksites Smoke-Free

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Missouri offers employers "tool kit" to help make worksites smoke-free.

A new "toolkit" of information to help employers in Missouri establish a smoke-free work environment is now available from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The tool kit includes information about the benefits of a smoke-free environment for employers and employees, policy implementation and tobacco-cessation resources.

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"Tobacco use in the workplace creates serious health concerns, including heart disease, stroke and respiratory diseases, not only for employees who smoke but also nonsmoking workers who are exposed to the secondhand smoke" said Stan Cowan, manager of the health department's Tobacco Use Prevention Program. "Smoke-free workplace policies are the only effective way to eliminate this entirely preventable and unnecessary health risk."

Several recent studies underscore the benefits of smoke-free policies.

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