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Tobacco In the Workplace

            Smoking in the workplace is restricted.6 million Canadians who were in the work force in August 1994, 32.8% are current smokers. This is slightly higher than the national average of 30% that was established in the August 1994 Survey on Smoking in Canada . Ontario is considerably below the national average in work force habitual smoking (27.3% vs. 32.8%); British Columbia is slightly below the national average (31.0%). Quebec is the only region in which work force habitual smoking (41.7%) significantly exceeds the national average. There are clear gender differences within regions. In both Ontario and the Prairie region, less than 25% of the female work force smokes. In contrast, smoking prevalence in Ontario's male work force is 4 percent under the national average, while the opposite is true in the Prairie region. However, the most remarkable group is Quebec's female work force, 46.2% of whom are smokers. This represents the largest gender gap (7.5 percent), yet it contradicts the national pattern, in which men are more likely to be smokers than women. Among all socio-demographic groups, smoking is highest among the unemployed who are looking for work, at 45.6% overall and 51.7% for females . The restriction of smoking in the workplace is beneficial since many workers have been exposed to tobacco smoke which is a hazard they have faced on a regular basis. Also, smoking in the workplace often results in higher expenses for employers, and smoke-free environments make for increased morale. This essay will include the pros and cons of a smoke-free workplace and a separately ventilated room, proposed smoking laws in the workplace, and how to introduce a smoking policy in the workplace. .
             Many health issues arise in the topic of tobacco use at the workplace. Being exposed to the smoke from a cigarette can cause immediate health effects like increasing heart rates and blood pressure. Tobacco-related illnesses kill 45 000 Canadians each year - more people killed than during the six years of World War II.

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