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Occup Med. 2002 Jan-Mar;17(1):137-58, vi.

Tobacco in the workplace.

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Environmental and Occupationa Health Sciences Institute, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health, Piscataway 08554, USA.


Tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable death, has numerous adverse impacts in the workplace. It is associated with increased healthcare costs and disability, greater absenteeism, decrements in job performance, and increased risk of injury, and secondhand smoke is a major pollution problem. Tobacco dependence responds to treatment, and employers have several opportunities to offer treatment to employees and their families. Smoke-free environments can help smokers cut back or quit. Combining sound workplace policies and treatment with community involvement in tobacco control provides synergies to reduce tobacco use in the community as well as in the workforce. These activities benefit workers and their families, employers, and society at large.

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