Tobacco Surcharge Policies for Illinois Businesses

Explore tobacco cessation options for employees

Workplace tobacco surcharge policies can be challenging for local businesses to navigate. Although employer-sponsored tobacco cessation programs provide one effective means to help individuals quit, many employers, particularly small businesses, may find these programs difficult to implement.

Illinois-based business owners, business representatives, and HR personnel can gain insights into how businesses can implement an effective tobacco surcharge and get access to a leading tobacco cessation program for employees in this free, online session led by Allen Barton, University of Illinois Extension specialist in substance use and family health. A representative from Truth Initiative, a non-profit organization focused on tobacco cessation, will be a presenting panelist as well.

Participants will gain essential information about:

  • What a tobacco surcharge policy is

  • What is required to implement a tobacco surcharge

  • How to implement a tobacco surcharge and be compliant with requirements at no cost to a business through the Be A Quitter project

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact Noah Larsen at nlarsen3@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet access needs.