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Revista Española de Salud Pública

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RAAIJMAKERS, Tamara  and  BORNE, Inge van den.  Cost-Benefits of Workplace Smoking Policies. Rev. Esp. Salud Publica [online]. 2003, vol.77, n.1, pp.97-116. ISSN 2173-9110.

This study reviews the motivations of companies to set out a policy for controlling smoking, the economic benefits for the company resulting from such a policy and the costs, broken down by European Union countries. The literature on the costs of implementing a policy related to smoking at the workplace is reviewed. The main objective of policies related to smoking at the workplace is that of safeguarding employees from environmental tobacco smoke. Other reasons are cutting costs, improving the company image, and reducing absenteeism, occupational accidents, internal quarrels and extra costs due to cigarette smoking. protection against environmental tobacco smoke does not entail any higher costs for companies, and economic advantages are visible. The benefits are by far greater than the costs involved, particularly on a long-range basis, and seem to be greater when smoking at the workplace is completely prohibited and no smoking areas are set.

Keywords : Tobacco; Economics; Health economics.

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