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Publication Abstract

Authors: Ham DC, Przybeck T, Strickland JR, Luke DA, Bierut LJ, Evanoff BA

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

Journal: J Occup Environ Med 53(11):1337-45

Date: 2011 Nov

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.

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