Changes in Self-Reported Smokefree Workplace Policy Coverage Among Employed Adults -- United States, 2003 and 2010-2011

Changes in Self-Reported Smokefree Workplace Policy Coverage Among Employed Adults — United States, 2003 and 2010-2011

Today’s CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) is releasing a tobacco-related article online ahead of print in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.  the article is titled, “Changes in Self-Reported Workplace policy Coverage Among Employed Adults — United States, 2003 and 2010-2011.”

The workplace is a major source of exposure to secondhand smoke from combustible tobacco products.  Smokefree workplace policies protect nonsmoking workers form secondhand smoke and help workers who smoke quit.  The study assessed shanges in the proportion of indoor workers reporting being covered by smokefree workplace policies from 2003 to 2010-2011 overall and by occupation and by state, using data from the Tobacco Use Supplement to the Current Population Survey.

The findings indicate that smokefree workplace policy coverage among U.S. indoor workers has increased nationally, with occupational coverage disparities narrowing.  However, coverage remained unchanged in half of states, and disparities persisted across occupations and states.  Accelerated efforts are warranted to ensure that all workers are protected by smokefree policies.

 

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