Smokefree Workplaces

Smokefree Workplaces

Creating a Smokefree work environment benefits health, the community and your business.

Making your workplace Smokefree supports the vision of a Smokefree New Zealand/Aotearoa by 2025.

Smokefree Workplaces

Smoking is an expensive habit for both the individual and for workplace productivity.

Having a Smokefree environment is one way of improving employee health and supports Smokefree 2025.

Find out more about Smokefree New Zealand/Aotearoa 2025.

Smokefree policies create change… and money

By introducing a Smokefree policy in your workplace you create a supportive environment that not only directly benefits the health of your staff, but creates positive change in the community and translates to increased revenue for business. 70 percent of smokers want to be Smokefree at any given time, by creating a Smokefree environment, you are creating more support for those individuals to make a healthy change.

Some of these benefits include:

  • Less sick leave: employees who smoke take around 3x more sick leave than non-smokers
  • Increased productivity: just four 10 minute smoke breaks throughout the day results in the loss of 1 month’s productivity per smoker.
  • Reduced costs: Each employee who smokes cost the company around $2000 per smoker per year.
    Calculate how much your workers are costing you by smoking.
  • Reduced cleaning and maintenance costs
  • Reduced fire/safety risk
  • Reduced insurance costs
  • A positive business image

Find out about how to develop a workplace smokefree policy that meets your needs.

View a case study about a workplace going completely smokefree and the positive impacts on their employees.


Visit the Wellplace website for information on dealing with other health issues in your workplace.