Occupational disparities in smoke-free workplace policies in Arkansas

J Ark Med Soc. 2004 Nov;101(5):148-54.


This report summarizes trends in Arkansas to protect workers from the documented harm caused by secondhand smoke. We also examined whether employees comply with smoke-free policies.

Findings: While considerable progress has been made to protect workers from secondhand smoke, Arkansas workers report significantly lower rates of smoke-free policies than workers nationally and ranked 46th among the states in this important area of occupational health in 2001-02. Blue-collar and service workers in the state lag significantly behind their white-collar counterparts and men report lower rates of smoke-free policies than women. Once implemented, however, compliance with a smoke-free policy is nearly universal among working Arkansans.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Exposure / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Occupational Exposure / prevention & control*
  • Occupational Exposure / statistics & numerical data
  • Occupations / classification
  • Public Policy*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / prevention & control*
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / statistics & numerical data
  • United States
  • Workplace / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Workplace / statistics & numerical data


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution