Worksite tobacco control programs: the role of occupational health.
Respir Physiol 2001 Oct; 128(1):89-102
Worksite tobacco control initiatives face a crucial challenge: the growing occupational disparity in smoking prevalence. Blue-collar workers are more likely to be smokers than workers are in white-collar jobs. Blue-collar workers also experience a high prevalence of hazardous exposures on the job. Given these multiple risks, it is imperative that successful comprehensive programs be developed to promote and protect the health of blue-collar workers. Although evidence is still accruing about the efficacy of workplace interventions integrating tobacco control and occupational health, it is possible to identify promising intervention strategies by drawing on the preliminary evidence on effective worksite interventions. The effectiveness of worksite tobacco control interventions will be enhanced when coordinated interventions aim to promote cessation among individual smokers, build social support for quitting and social norms that support non-smoking, engage management in assuring a healthy work environment, involve workers' families in non-smoking initiatives, and provide links to community and public policy initiatives that support tobacco control as well as a broader effort promoting worker health.
Humans; Men; Women; Smoking; Sociological-factors; Tobacco-smoke; Exposure-levels; Hazards; Work-environment; Workers; Worker-health;
Author Keywords: worksite smoking; Health; tobacco smoke; worksite control; Mammals; humans; Tobacco; worksite control
Glorian Sorensen, Department of Health and Social Behavior, Harvard School of Public Health, 677, Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts