CDC Report Examines Tobacco Use By Industry, Occupation

By industry, any tobacco product use ranged from 11% among education services to 34.3% among construction workers
By industry, any tobacco product use ranged from 11% among education services to 34.3% among construction workers

HealthDay News — Overall, 22.1% of working U.S. adults currently use any form of tobacco, according to a study published online October 26 in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Girija Syamlal, MBBS, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey for 2014 to 2016 to describe the most recent prevalence estimates of current tobacco product use among working adults in the United States. 

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The researchers found that 22.1% of working adults currently used any form of tobacco; 15.4, 5.8, 3, and 3.6% used cigarettes, other combustible tobacco, smokeless tobacco, and electronic cigarettes, respectively; 4.6% reported current use of 2 or more tobacco products. Any tobacco use varied by industry, from 11% among education service workers to 34.3% among construction workers; current use of 2 or more tobacco products was highest (7.1%) among construction workers. Any tobacco use varied by occupation, from 9.3% among life, physical, and social science workers to 37.2% among installation, maintenance, and repair workers; current use of two or more tobacco products was highest (10.1%) among installation, maintenance, and repair workers.

"Proven interventions to prevent and reduce tobacco product use, including current use of multiple products, among working adults are important," the authors write. "Workplace tobacco-control interventions have been especially effective in reducing cigarette smoking prevalence."

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