Work-site smoking policies: their population impact in Washington State

Am J Public Health. 1993 Jul;83(7):1031-3. doi: 10.2105/ajph.83.7.1031.


This article presents data from a population-based, random-digit dialing telephone survey of 1228 employed adults in Washington State, conducted 1989 through 1990. Eighty-one percent of men and 91% of women reported work-site smoking restrictions. Employees in work sites with no-smoking policies were less likely to be current smokers; men in work sites with policies restricting smoking smoked fewer cigarettes on both workdays and nonworkdays. Forty-eight percent of male and 53% of female smokers reported reduced smoking as a result of work-site policy. Work-site smoking policies, intended to protect against smoke exposure, may also reduce employee smoking.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Employment
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Occupational Health / statistics & numerical data*
  • Policy Making
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Washington / epidemiology