November 15, 2005--Posted at 5:00 pm CDT
Poinsett, CO--In his push for a healthier
While these were tough measures, he also added smoking cessation steps and plans to the state’s Medicare package. Citing studies about smoking and the workplace the governor said his new measures would save tax payers money. He also hoped it would serve as a model for other businesses looking to save money and get healthy.
So how does going smoke-free save business money? One study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says employees who don’t smoke are less likely to be sick or tardy. It also says businesses can expect to have a smaller risk of fires, reduce their health care costs, reduce maintenance costs, and keep office equipment and furniture longer. These benefits added up across the nation add up to an astounding 4 to 8 billion dollars a year in savings!