"Although only two percent of companies offer the CDC-recommended smoking cessation benefit, more than half say they are doing more to encourage employees to quit smoking this year," said Ron Finch. "We need to continue this momentum and help companies understand the value of investing in comprehensive smoking cessation benefits - in both employee health and in dollars."
According to the CDC, smoking is the leading preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., responsible for 440,000 deaths annually.(5) Tobacco use leads to more than $167 billion in direct health care costs each year in the U.S.(6)
To provide employers with practical guidance for implementing smoking cessation benefits, the Business Group has launched a new web site, available at http://www.BusinessGroupHealth.org, produced with input and support from the CDC. In addition, the Business Group's Purchaser's Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, launched last year in collaboration with AHRQ and the CDC, provides employers with step-by-step tools for assessing and implementing preventive health benefits, including smoking cessation, and is available online at http://www.BusinessGroupHealth.org.
About the Survey
The online survey, which was conducted by StrategyOne, an applied
research consulting firm, and fielded by Harris Interactive Service Bureau,
polled 506 employers with more than 1,000 employees - 253 with fewer than
10,000 employees and 253 with 10,000 employees or more, including 56
employers with more than 100,000 employees. Interviews were conducted from
August 31, 2007, through September 7, 2007. The survey has a margin of
error of plus or minus 4.4 percent at the 95 percent level of confidence,
which means that in 95 out of 100 times that a sample of this size is
drawn, the results would not vary
|SOURCE National Business Group on Health|
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