Facts and information
The workplace is an ideal place to spread the smokefree message, help smokers quit, and create an environment where others are discouraged to start.
The government has a goal to make New Zealand smokefree by 2025.
That means having less than 5% of New Zealanders who smoke, and protecting those who don’t smoke from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.
The number of New Zealanders who smoke is declining, but 16% of us continue to light up. There are direct social and economic benefits from giving up.
All indoor work areas have had to be smokefree by law since 2004. Outdoor workplaces and vehicles are still exempt unless a workplace has a smokefree policy.
Employees who smoke take more sick leave. And, as they typically take four 10-minute cigarette breaks a day, on average they work a whole month less a year than a non-smoker.
Smoking takes a serious toll on our country’s productivity, but investing in helping your people quit puts money in everyone’s pockets.