Cigarette Smoking in Building Trades Workers: The Impact of Work Environment
Published Date:Mar 05 2012
Source:Am J Ind Med. 55(5):429-439.
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4524503
Funding:1R01DP000097-01/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
L60 MD003645/MD/NIMHD NIH HHS/United States
R01 DP000097/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
Blue-collar workers smoke at higher rates than white-collar workers and the general population. Occupational factors may contribute to smoking behavior in this group. However, little is known about the role of occupational factors in explaining cigarette smoking patterns.
This study used cross-sectional data from the MassBUILT smoking cessation intervention study. Multivariable logistic regression analysis was conducted to investigate the association of occupational factors with current cigarette smoking among 1,817 building trades workers.
Current cigarette smoking was significantly associated with the following occupational factors: union commitment (OR = 1.06; 95% CI: 1.00–1.12); exposure to dust (OR = 1.50; 95% CI: 1.15–1.95), exposure to chemicals (OR = 1.41; 95% CI: 1.11–1.79); and concern about exposure to occupational hazards (OR = 0.93; 95% CI: 0.91–0.95).
The findings highlight the need to explicate the pathways by which occupational factors may contribute to current smoking behavior among building trades workers. Smoking cessation programs for this population should consider work-related occupational factors along with individual approaches.
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