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J Occup Environ Med. 2011 Nov;53(11):1337-45. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182337778.

Occupation and workplace policies predict smoking behaviors: analysis of national data from the current population survey.

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Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Describe differences in smoking behaviors associated with occupation, workplace rules against smoking, and workplace smoking cessation programs.

METHODS:

We analyzed data from the Current Population Survey-Tobacco Use Supplement surveys from 1992 through 2007.

RESULTS:

After adjusting for demographic factors, blue-collar workers were at higher risk than white-collar workers for ever smoking, current smoking, and persistent smoking (current smoking among ever smokers). Construction workers were more likely to be current daily smokers than other blue-collar workers. Among ever smokers, current daily smoking was more common in the absence of both workplace rules against smoking and workplace smoking cessation programs.

CONCLUSIONS:

Social or cultural effects related to occupation are important determinants of smoking. More aggressive promotion of smoking cessation programs and workplace rules prohibiting smoking could have a significant public health impact.

PMID:
21988795
PMCID:
PMC3217081
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182337778
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