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Publication Abstract

Authors: Guse CE, Marbella AM, Layde PM, Christiansen A, Remington P

Title: Clean indoor air policies in Wisconsin workplaces.

Journal: WMJ 103(4):27-31

Date: 2004

Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To describe the nature and extent of workplace environmental tobacco smoke exposures in Wisconsin. METHODS: Descriptive data and confidence intervals from the Current Population Survey tobacco supplements of 1995-1996 and 1998-1999 are presented. RESULTS: The percent of indoor workers working under a smoke-free policy increased slightly, from 62% in 1995-1996 to 65% in 1998-1999. Respondents with a college degree were more likely to work under a smoke-free policy than those with a high school education or less. Among respondents with a work policy in 1998-1999, a complete ban on smoking reduced any workplace exposure in the past 2 weeks (4%) compared to a partial ban (26%) or an unrestricted policy (30%). CONCLUSION: Wisconsin has seen a small increase in workplace policies that ban smoking in the workplace. These policies are more likely to protect workers of higher socioeconomic status and may increase health disparities in tobacco-related diseases in the future.

Last Modified: 03 Sep 2013