Most individuals spend the majority of their time between their home and place of work. However, the reality is there is much greater time spent at work than there is at home, making workplaces a home away from home for most of us.
Because of the amount of hours spent at work institutions go to great lengths to provide safe and inviting work environments for their employees. One un-addressed safety issue in workplaces is the health effects of smoking. Workers should be able to enjoy a healthy work environment while earning their living. It is a matter of health and fairness. Employees who work in establishments where smoking takes place, are involuntarily exposed to the toxins and cancer causing substances of burning cigarettes, cigars, and pipe smoke.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of workers get sick because of tobacco. Of those, 53,800 non-smokers die of smoking-related illnesses every year in the US.
Businesses and managers can help provide a healthier and safer work environment for their employees by discouraging the use of tobacco products indoors.
Florida Clean Indoor Air Act (FCIAA)
The Florida Clean Indoor Air Act (FCIAA), Chapter 386, Florida Statutes, Part II – Indoor Air: Tobacco Smoke, protects people from the health hazards of second-hand smoke exposure by ensuring that smoke-free workplace policies are enforced. The Department of Health and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation are responsible for the enforcement of the FCIAA.
To report a violation of the FCIAA. call 1-800-337-3742 or visit the website at: www.doh.state.fl.us/tobacco/FCIAA.html
The following information is needed to process a complaint:
- Name of workplace (where violation is occurring);
- The mailing address, city, county and zip code;
- Nature of the violation (ex. smoking in an enclosed indoor workplace); and
- If available, provide a telephone number andÂ name of the person in charge of the workplace.