This topic covers safety and health issues related to workplace smoking.
OSHA does not regulate smoking in the workplace. However, illness caused by smoking costs employers in absenteeism, reduced productivity, workers' compensation, and lawsuits, so many employers are initiating smoke-free workplace policies and assisting employees who want to quit through various smoking cessation programs. Workplace smoking can also cause fire hazards, and can adversely affect the health of nonsmoking employees who are exposed to secondary smoke. In addition, most states have laws prohibiting smoking in public places, including workplaces. Smoking is not considered a protected disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
For related resources and training materials, refer to the following topics:
- Wellness for information on workplace wellness programs, which may include smoking cessation programs
- Alcohol & Drugs for information about use of other substances in the workplace
- ADA for information on the Americans with Disabilities Act