Effects of a worksite tobacco control intervention in India: the Mumbai worksite tobacco control study, a cluster-randomised trial

Tob Control. 2017 Mar;26(2):210-216. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2015-052671. Epub 2016 Feb 16.


Objectives: We assessed a worksite intervention designed to promote tobacco control among workers in the manufacturing sector in Greater Mumbai, India.

Methods: We used a cluster-randomised design to test an integrated health promotion/health protection intervention, the Healthy, Safe, and Tobacco-free Worksites programme. Between July 2012 and July 2013, we recruited 20 worksites on a rolling basis and randomly assigned them to intervention or delayed-intervention control conditions. The follow-up survey was conducted between December 2013 and November 2014.

Results: The difference in 30-day quit rates between intervention and control conditions was statistically significant for production workers (OR=2.25, p=0.03), although not for the overall sample (OR=1.70; p=0.12). The intervention resulted in a doubling of the 6-month cessation rates among workers in the intervention worksites compared to those in the control, for production workers (OR=2.29; p=0.07) and for the overall sample (OR=1.81; p=0.13), but the difference did not reach statistical significance.

Conclusions: These findings demonstrate the potential impact of a tobacco control intervention that combined tobacco control and health protection programming within Indian manufacturing worksites.

Trial registration number: NCT01841879.

Keywords: Cessation; Disparities; Global health; Low/Middle income country; Socioeconomic status.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • India
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Smoke-Free Policy
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Smoking Cessation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Smoking Prevention / methods*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Workplace

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT01841879