The first step in helping your employees to quit smoking is to ensure that they are working in an environment that fully supports them to become and remain smokefree.

Legally, all employers must ensure that internal areas remain smokefree at all times. This includes displaying ‘smoke-free’ signs. More information on the legal requirements and signage can be found on the Ministry of Health’s website.

By developing a policy that goes further than the minimum requirements, you give your employers a better chance of successfully quitting.

Here are some examples of additional steps that we encourage you to take:

  • Make outdoor areas smokefree
  • Proactively encourage and support staff to be smokefree
  • Ensure all staff are aware of your smokefree policy and that they model smokefree behaviour

Click here for a sample smokefree policy which you can customise for your own workplace.