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Am J Ind Med. 2004 Aug;46(2):170-9.

Reducing occupation-based disparities related to tobacco: roles for occupational health and organized labor.

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Center for Community-Based Research, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA. elizabeth.barbeau@dfci.harvard.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Persistent and growing occupation-based disparities related to tobacco pose a serious public health challenge. Tobacco exacts a disproportionate toll on individuals employed in working class occupations, due to higher prevalence of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke among these workers compared to others.

METHODS:

We provide an overview of recent advances that may help to reduce these disparities, including research findings on a successful social contextual intervention model that integrates smoking cessation and occupational health and safety, and a new national effort to link labor unions and tobacco control organizations around their shared interest in reducing tobacco's threat to workers' health.

CONCLUSIONS:

Implications of these efforts for future research and action are discussed.

PMID:
15273970
DOI:
10.1002/ajim.20026
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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