Current Cigarette Smoking Prevalence Among Working Adults --- United States, 2004—2010
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
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.