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Smoking
National Summary

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

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TypeTitleDateState
Trainer's Outlines Are You Ready to Quit Smoking (PDF) [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
Quizzes Are You Ready to Quit Smoking? (PDF)  National
Handouts Are You Ready to Quit Smoking? (PDF)  National
Handouts Are You Ready To Quit Smoking? (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Quizzes Are You Ready To Quit Smoking? (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Interpretations Clarification of the provision banning smoking in the OSHA asbestos standards. 09/25/2008National
Guidance Documents Clear the Air - Quit Smoking Today  National
Guidance Documents Coverage for Tobacco Use Cessation Treatments  National
Guidance Documents Dispelling the Myths About Tobacco - A Community Toolkit for Reducing Tobacco Use Among Women  National
Guidance Documents Guide to Quit Smoking (Spanish PDF)  National
Speaker's Notes Hazards of Smoking: How to Quit - Script View  National
Handouts Hazards of Smoking: How to Quit (PDF)  National
Training Exercises Hazards of Smoking: How to Quit (PDF)  National
Training Exercises Hazards of Smoking: How to Quit (PDF)  National
Trainer's Guides Hazards of Smoking: How to Quit (PDF)  National
PowerPoints Hazards of Smoking: How to Quit (PPT)  National
Quizzes Hazards of Smoking: How to Quit (Word)  National
Guidance Documents I QUIT! What to Do When You're Sick of Smoking, Chewing, or Dipping  National
Notices Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health: Notice of Charter Renewal 04/17/2009National
Posters Keep Your 'Butts' Safe (PDF)  National
Guidance Documents Key Outcome Indicators for Evaluating Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs  National
News New report on smoking—plus tips to help employees quit 02/03/2014National
Guidance Documents Pathways to Freedom: Winning the Fight Against Tobacco  National
Training Tips Quitters Do Prosper!  National
Final Rules Rule 0800-6-1-.01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08 - Non-Smoker Protection Act Rules 02/04/2008National
Quizzes Safety Rules for Maintenance Workers (PDF)  National
Regulatory Analysis Smoking  National
Cartoons Smoking (JPG)  National
Cartoons Smoking (JPG)  National
Meetings Smoking Cessation (Word)  National
Quizzes Smoking Cessation Quiz (Word)  National
Policies Smoking Policy  National
Cartoons Smoking scarecrow  National
News Struggling to help smokers quit? Get busy today! 11/07/2013National
Talks The 7-Day Way to Quit Smoking (Word)  National
Training Tips The Great American Smokeout  National
Interpretations Worker exposure to tobacco smoke. 10/26/1998National
Guidance Documents You Can Quit Smoking - 5-Day Countdown  National
Guidance Documents You Can Quit Smoking - 5-Day Countdown (PDF)  National
Guidance Documents You Can Quit Smoking Consumer Guide  National
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