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How you work and lead

There are many steps organisations can take to encourage any people who smoke to give up the habit - including creating a completely smokefree workplace.

  • Establish a workplace policy banning smoking anywhere on company premises, including vehicles and outdoor areas, including car parks. For help writing your policy see this smokefree guide, which steps you through a basic policy to a full policy matrix. Also visit Quitline's website for policy guidance.
  • Make sure your people know about the change in policy well ahead of implementation.
  • Refer to your organisation's smokefree policy in all workplace agreements, contracts, recruitment information and orientation packs.
  • Ensure all visitors and contractors know about the smokefree policy.
  • Encourage leaders and managers to role model smokefree behaviour at work to reduce the chances of new employees taking up the habit or relapsing if they are trying to quit.
  • Develop clear processes for handling staff who contravene the smokefree policy, and make it clear to people what these processes are.
  • Ask your staff (and prospective employees - employers can refuse to hire someone because they smoke) whether they use tobacco and refer them to quit smoking services as appropriate – either Quitline (0800 778 778) or other regional stop smoking services.
  • Offer time off or flexible working hours for staff to see stop smoking practitioners, or invite practitioners into the workplace.
  • Consider extending stop smoking support to workers’ families – your people spend more time around family than at work.
  • Celebrate World Smokefree Day on 31 May each year. Events and local activities across New Zealand throughout May. 

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