Worksite smoking control activities: prevalence and related worksite characteristics from the COMMIT Study, 1990

Prev Med. 1992 Nov;21(6):688-700. doi: 10.1016/0091-7435(92)90076-t.


Background: There is a pressing need for current information on worksite smoking policies and stop-smoking activities. To address these needs and identify worksite characteristics associated with such activities, a computer-assisted telephone interview was administered to 793 worksites having at least 50 employees.

Methods: Within each of the 11 COMMIT intervention communities, attempts were made to survey 30 worksites within each of three size strata: 50-99 employees, 100-249 employees, and 250+ employees. Response to the survey was good, with a screening rate of 95% and a response rate of 90%.

Results: Overall, 69% of responding worksites reported having written smoking policies, but only 15% banned all indoor smoking. Smaller worksites and manufacturing and wholesale/retail companies were less likely than other organizations to be smoke-free or have representatives attend smoking policy workshops. Thirty-five percent of worksites reported offering smoking cessation resources or assistance for employees, but only 20% offered both cessation resources and restrictive or smoke-free policies. Smaller worksites as well as wholesale/retail sales and manufacturing worksites were less likely to offer cessation resources or to participate in community wide stop-smoking events.

Conclusion: Although the level of worksite smoking control activities was higher than that reported in earlier surveys, there is still a substantial need to increase the level of such activities, especially at smaller worksites and in manufacturing and sales organizations.

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Health Services Research
  • Humans
  • Occupational Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Occupational Health Services / statistics & numerical data
  • Organizational Policy*
  • Smoking Cessation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States