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

J Occup Environ Med. 2011 Nov;53(11):1337-45. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182337778.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Organizational Policy*
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Workplace*
  • Young Adult