Reduce the use of tobacco through interventions that prevent tobacco use and support tobacco cessation among current tobacco users.
Employers can play a key role in supporting employee tobacco cessation. Although 70% of U.S. adult smokers are interested in quitting and 40% of smokers attempt to quit each year, only 8% of smoking employees report that their workplace offers smoking cessation assistance. However, 74% of employees report the support of their employer was useful in their smoking cessation efforts. Research indicates that the majority of people do not know the specific health risks of tobacco use. For example, a 2009 survey in China indicated that only 38% of smokers knew that smoking causes coronary heart disease, and only 27% knew that it raises risk for strokes, underscoring the need for improved education regarding the risks of tobacco use, as awareness increases a current smoker’s desire to quit. Among those who attempt to quit, counseling and medication more than double the chance of quitting success. Another influencing factor on tobacco use is an individual’s proximity to outlets where it is sold. Restricting the sale of tobacco on-site is a key strategy for preventing or curbing use of tobacco products as well as providing support to those trying to quit.
Promote Tobacco Prevention (1 point)
Verified by Policy Document, Educational Materials
The following requirements are met:
The sale of tobacco products and e-cigarettes on project property is banned (e.g., through on-site vendors).
Education on the health consequences of tobacco is provided to all regular building occupants.
Note: Education must be culturally appropriate and literacy level appropriate. Education can come in the form of trainings, brochures, videos, posters, pamphlets, newsletters and/or other written or online information.
If the requirements of Part 1: Promote Tobacco Use Prevention are met through the provision of educational materials, then these can be counted toward Part 2: Promote Health and Wellness Education in Feature C01: Health and Wellness Awareness.
For WELL Core and MFR Certification, projects must make education available to all tenants.
Support Tobacco Cessation (2 points)
Information is available for all eligible employees about available programming, counseling and coverage related to tobacco cessation, including clear information about how to access these resources, in addition to at least four of the following requirements:
Resources referring tobacco users to tobacco cessation telephone quit lines or online quitting resources.
Tobacco cessation counseling covered at no cost or subsidized by at least 50%. Programs may be provided on- or off-site; in group or individual settings; and through vendors, on-site staff, health insurance plans or programs, community groups or other qualified practitioners.
Prescription tobacco cessation medications and nicotine replacement products (e.g., inhalers, nasal sprays, bupropion, varenicline) covered at no cost or subsidized by at least 50%.
Nationally-approved, over-the-counter nicotine replacement products (e.g., gum, patches, lozenges) covered at no cost or subsidized by at least 50%.
Incentive program for current tobacco users actively trying to quit.
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