QuitDoc Foundation sponsors Hobe Sound Chamber Breakfast
October 12, 2017

HOBE SOUND, Fla. — The QuitDoc Foundation and the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County recently sponsored the October 12 breakfast hosted by the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce.

During the breakfast, foundation staff and partnership advisor council members addressed the crowd of business owners and community leaders, discussing the importance of employer-sponsored cessation efforts and the cost-saving benefits.

From L to R: Hobe Sound Chamber President Jon Milton, Kim Nash, Martin Health Systems CEO Rob Lord, and Chamber Executive Director Angela Hoffman.

Employers experience an estimated $4,056 in productivity loss and $2,056 in medical costs for each employee that uses tobacco products.  However, in Florida, all residents have access to the free Quit Your Way program, with online and phone counseling options as well as face-to-face classes.  Several employers in Martin County have adopted on-site classes, which are free for both the employer and the employee.

The best part?  Employees with a supportive work environment are finding it easier to quit smoking.  Advantages like decreased health insurance costs and better use of sick time certainly help, but spending eight-hours a day with co-workers and employers rooting for success is an added perk.

At the breakfast, attendees were presented with a piggy bank for their cost savings and a cost-calculator worksheet, which easily helped them calculate the cost of smoking at their workplace.

Additionally, employers were provided with the opportunity to participate in the upcoming Great American Smoke Out, happening November 16, where employers can display cost savings calculators for their employees who smoke and provide them with the free resources they need to quit.

One of the goals of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County is to increase access to cessation services for all Martin County residents, and to help local workplaces adopt policies to aid the communication of those services.

The Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County is dedicated to the creation of tobacco-free social norms through a combination of community education, youth advocacy and changes in local tobacco policies.  The mission of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County reflects the goals of the CDC Best Practices, especially in regards to changes in local tobacco policies to create and promote tobacco-free social norms.

The Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County is facilitated by the QuitDoc Foundation.  Learn more at www.quitdoc.com.  To learn more about the partnership or to get involved, visit www.tfp-martin.org.