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Promoting Tobacco Cessation via the Workplace: Opportunities for Improvement

Wednesday, April 13, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Hughes MC, Yette EM, Hannon PA, Harris JR, Tran NM, Reid TR. Tob Control. 2011 Apr 6. [Epub ahead of print]

This study analyzed data from the 2008 Healthy Worksite Survey to describe workplaces’ implementation of tobacco cessation practices and identify factors that predicted implementation. Among employers with 50 or more employees, 38.6% promoted quitting tobacco, 33.8% offered insurance coverage for cessation medications and counseling, 27.5% referred violators of smoking bans to cessation services, and only 5.7% included the state-sponsored quitline in health promotion messages. Larger workplaces and those with a wellness staff had greater promotion of the quitline. The findings indicate that workplaces do little to promote tobacco cessation by employees The authors conclude that targeting businesses without wellness staff is an opportunity for finding and reaching current smokers in businesses with limited resources. They also note that inexpensive prevention efforts, such as promoting the quitline, can improve employee health and lower medical costs.

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