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Human resources workshop August 31 to help employers implement tobacco-free workplaces

Businesses looking to create healthier workplaces for their employees can learn how to implement tobacco-free policies at a workshop hosted by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in Louisville Aug. 31. Smoking costs businesses an estimated $5,800[i] per smoker in extra expenditures each year, including productivity losses and additional health care costs, and puts them at risk for the health consequences for all workers exposed to secondhand smoke.

The Foundation is offering the 75-minute workshop as part of the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management conference Aug. 29-31 at the Galt House in Louisville. The workshop will be led by University of Kentucky Associate Professor Melinda Ickes, who also is a faculty associate with the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy, on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 10:30 a.m. Register for the conference here.

“More than 70 percent[ii] of Kentucky adults and 90 percent of Kentucky businesses support smoke-free, so it’s never been easier for Kentucky businesses to adopt workplace policies to protect their employees from the dangers of secondhand smoke,” said Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “Kentucky employers and families see the heartbreaking costs of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure, and their stories are changing the culture that used to see smoking as the norm.”

The Foundation also will offer information about developing and implementing smoke-free workplace policies at its exhibit booth at the conference and on its website afterward.

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