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Tobacco-Free Workplace

Maintain a comprehensive tobacco-free workplace policy

The tobacco-free policy must apply to the entire workplace – both indoors and outdoors and must apply to all US-based employees, temporary workers, contractors and visitors. Gold Standard employers may not have any designated areas for the use of any form of tobacco.

Sample tobacco-free workplace policy

Sample tobacco-free enforcement language

Forms of tobacco and smokeless tobacco

  • Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes
  • Smokeless tobacco, also called chewing tobacco, oral tobacco, spit or spitting tobacco, dip, chew, snuff, snus, twist, plug, and dissolvable tobacco products
  • Electronic cigarettes, also called “e-cigarettes,” or “Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems” (ENDS)

Tobacco-Free Workplace Best Practices

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Tobacco-Free Hiring

Lung cancer is the No.1 cause of cancer deaths worldwide, claiming 437 lives in the U.S. alone every day.  When MD Anderson launched its Lung Cancer Moon Shot in 2012, it initiated several new programs including the EndTobacco Program.  EndTobacco is a set of strategic and tactical recommendations to reduce the tobacco burden at the institutional, state and national/international levels.  MD Anderson’s first EndTobacco step was an internal change to implement a tobacco-free hiring policy.  By implementing tobacco-free hiring, MD Anderson...

Articles of Interest

The Gazette

Research & Evidence

Babb, Stephen MPH, Benmei Liu PhD, Brandon Kenemer MPH, Carissa Baker Holmes MPH, Anne M. Hartman MS, MA, James T. Gibson BS, Brian A. King PhD, MPH
Oxford University Press on behalf of Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco Research

Brochures/Reference

Adopting Tobacco-free Policies on Campus

This guide is designed to assist with the creation of effective and enforceable tobacco-free policies for higher-education institutions.

Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Nearly one-half million Americans still die prematurely from tobacco use each year, and more than 16 million Americans suffer from a disease caused by smoking. Despite these risks, approximately 42.1 million U.S. adults currently smoke cigarettes. And the harmful effects of smoking do not end with the smoker. Secondhand smoke exposure causes serious disease and death, and even brief exposure can be harmful to health. Each year, primarily because of exposure to secondhand smoke, an estimated 7,330 nonsmoking Americans die of lung cancer and more than 33,900 die of heart disease. Coupled with this enormous health toll is the significant economic burden. Economic costs attributable to smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke now approach $300 billion annually. 

State of OK Executive Order 2013-43

Executive Order prohibiting the use of electronic cigarette or vaping device on any and all properties owned, leased or contracted for use by the State of Oklahoma, including but not limited to all buildings, land and vehicles owned, leased or contracted for use by agencies or instrumentalities of the State of Oklahoma.

Tobacco-Free Campus Implementation Guide

A resource designed to help college students adopt and implement a 100% tobacco-free campus policy

State of OK Executive Order 2012-01

Executive Order prohibits the use of any tobacco product on any and all properties owned, leased or contracted for use by the State of Oklahoma, including but not limited to all buildings, land and vehicles owned, leased or contracted for use by agencies or instrumentalities of the State of Oklahoma. The goal of this Executive Order isto provide for a healthier work environment, encourage healthier lifestyle choices for state  employees and protect visitors to state property.