Smoke-Free Businesses Have Lower Overhead

Research shows employers who offer smoke-free environments and smoking cessation programs have lower overhead and cleaner work environments. Construction and maintenance costs are approximately seven percent higher in buildings that allow smoking (2). Businesses offering smoke-free environments enjoy savings in cleaning and maintenance costs.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that smoke-free restaurants can expect to save about $190 per 1,000 square feet each year in lower cleaning and maintenance costs (1). The EPA also estimates a savings of $4 billion to $8 billion per year across the country in building operations and maintenance costs if comprehensive smoke-free indoor air policies were adopted nationwide (2).

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