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Tobacco Use among Working Adults
An analysis of data from the National Health Interview Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention characterizes tobacco use among workers in the U.S. by industry and occupational group. The data cover the period 2014–2016 and were weighted to be nationally representative, according to CDC. Although smoking has declined considerably for all American adults, it has risen among certain subgroups of the population, including workers.
The NHIS is the largest in-person health survey in the U.S. and has been conducted annually since 1957. Data from CDC’s analysis appear below.
From “Tobacco Use Among Working Adults—United States, 2014–2016”: “Workplace tobacco-control interventions have been especially effective in reducing cigarette smoking prevalence. Previous research has indicated that workers at worksites that adopted or maintained smoke-free policies were twice as likely to quit smoking than those whose worksites did not implement such policies. To maximize the health of workers, employers can also consider integrating comprehensive and effective tobacco cessation programs into workplace health promotion programs.”
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