The Edmond Sun

November 1, 2013

Coalition encourages businesses to participate in Great American Smokeout

Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — The Oklahoma County Tobacco Use Prevention Coalition is urging all local businesses to participate in the Great American Smokeout Nov. 21 by hosting an event for their employees to encourage them to quit smoking and/or using other tobacco products. Every year, businesses lose an average of $4,400 for every employee who smokes. This cost is due to shorter, less productive work-lives, increased sick days and disability and higher medical and insurance costs.

GASO is a national event that encourages smokers to make a one-day quit attempt in hopes of quitting for life. There are a variety of ways that businesses can participate in this annual event to benefit their employees such as:

• Setting up a drop-off site where employees can throw away their tobacco products in exchange for an incentive or entrance into a prize drawing.

• Sharing with employees what cessation aids (such as special gum, patches, and medications) are provided free of charge or at a discounted rate by insurance providers to aid in the prevention of smoking.

For more information about how worksites in the Oklahoma County area can participate in the Great American Smokeout, call 425-4498.