The issue

Smoking is considered the largest single preventable cause of death and disease in Australia. It affects almost all of the organs in the body and causes cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease and many other damaging and potentially fatal conditions. There are also proven risks to non-smokers from being exposed to tobacco smoke, known as passive smoking.

12.5% of West Australians over the age of 18 smoke on a daily basis. More than 1,500 West Australians die each year from smoking-related causes. That’s more than four West Aussies per day.

Smoking can result in many health issues that lead to time off work and increased use of medical services. Research shows workers who smoke can cost businesses in terms of lost productivity due to smoking breaks and sick leave.

In Western Australia, the Tobacco Products Control Act (2006) and related regulations prevent people from smoking in enclosed public places. The Occupational Safety and Health Regulations (1996) prohibit employers, workers and self-employed persons smoking in enclosed workplaces, including in a vehicle.

Smoke-free workplaces can result in a range of business benefits, including: 

  • A better corporate image and improved retention rates
  • Greater employee productivity and morale
  • Fewer absences due to ill health caused by smoking/passive smoking
  • Reduced risk of legal action from workers exposed to passive smoking
  • Healthier staff
  • Provision of a safer, cleaner and healthier work environment
  • Decreased cleaning and maintenance costs

What can your workplace do?

Take a look at our smoke-free resources. They are designed to help you create a smoke-free workplace;


Have you heard about?

  • Cancer Council WA's Make Smoking History ads ‘From Every Quitter – Interviews' with JohnnaTarrynLevi and Graham focus on how their kids motivated them to kick the habit. Make Smoking History provides free information, advice and support on becoming a smoke-free workplace.


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Healthier Workplace WA
Cancer Council Western Australia
420 Bagot Road
Subiaco WA 6008
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