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Help for Victorian workplaces to breathe easy

Monday 18 March, 2002

Victorian workplaces that haven't yet become smokefree are being urged to take advantage of a telephone advisory service to help with the transition to a safer, smokefree workplace.

Research shows that almost one third of Victorian workers report either partial smoke bans or no smoking restrictions in their workplace, but Quit Victoria says there is help is at hand for workplaces that want to breathe easier.

Quit Executive Director Todd Harper said he hoped the service, part of a new campaign to encourage all workplaces to become smokefree, would encourage remaining workplaces to become smokefree.

Mr Harper said more employees and employers are recognising the benefits of on-site courses to help employees who want to quit smoking.

'The service is available to employers and employees and can be accessed by calling 9635 5524. Quit’s trained staff will be able to assist in developing a smokefree policy and advise on how to counter any potential difficulties.'

Mr Harper said there was increased interest among workplaces in creating smokefree environments and even on-site help for smokers to quit.

'For example, we are seeing an increasing interest from employers in running quit courses at work for staff, as they recognise the productivity benefits of helping employees to quit.'

'Most smokers want to quit, and going smokefree at work can be a great incentive for them to try and kick the habit altogether - the result is a healthier workplace, and healthier employees.'

Mr Harper says there are many benefits of going smokefree at work.

'There’s no doubt a smokefree workplace is a safer and healthier workplace, with less absenteeism from illness caused by passive smoking.'

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Further information:

Zoe Furman
Media Communications Manager
Quit Victoria

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