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Current Cigarette Smoking Prevalence Among Working Adults --- United States, 2004—2010

Wednesday, October 12, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Weekly. September 30, 2011;60(38):1305-1309.
This study analyzed National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data for 2004-2010 to describe the prevalence of cigarette smoking among working U.S. adults. Age-adjusted cigarette smoking prevalence among working adults in the U.S. was 19.6%, and was highest among those with less than a high school education (28.4%), those with no health insurance (28.6%), those living below the federal poverty level (27.7%), and young adults (those aged 18--24 years) (23.8%). By industry, age-adjusted cigarette smoking prevalence among working adults ranged from 9.7% in education services to 30.0% in mining; by occupation group, prevalence ranged from 8.7% in education, training, and library to 31.4% in construction and extraction. The report authors conclude that although some progress has been made in reducing smoking prevalence among working adults, additional effective employer interventions need to be implemented, including health insurance coverage for cessation treatments, easily accessible help for those who want to quit, and smoke-free workplace policies.

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