Even Smokers Support Bans at Work

Employees in India strongly favor no-smoking rules, Germans less keen: survey

Most smokers around the world support workplace smoking bans, according to a new study.

Researchers surveyed more than 3,500 employees who smoke and more than 1,400 employers (smokers and nonsmokers) in the United States and 13 other countries. They found that 74 percent of employees who smoke and 87 percent of employers said the workplace should be smoke-free.

“Although there was widespread variation among countries, overall the results demonstrate global support for workplace smoking bans,” lead author Michael Halpern, a senior fellow at RTI International, said in a news release. “This study shows support for additional programs and policies to increase those bans and assist employees with smoking cessation.”

Support for workplace smoking bans was greatest in India (85 percent) and Japan (75 percent), and much lower in Germany (33 percent) and Poland (37 percent).

Even though they smoked an average of one hour a day at work, nearly 70 percent of workers didn’t think their smoking had a negative financial impact on their employer, compared with about half of employers.

“Several previous studies indicate that despite the beliefs of smoking employees and some employers in our study, smoking does have a substantial negative impact on a business’ finances,” Halpern said. “More research needs to be done to quantify the economic impacts of workplace smoking and educate both employers and employees on those effects.”


The study was published online Oct. 29 in the International Journal of Public Health.

Featured Products:

Addictions – Smoking


Bookmark and Share
Posted: 12/08/2009 at 03:04 PM
[ ]   [ ]   [ ]   [ ]  

Posted: 12/08/2009 at 03:04 PM
[ ]   [ ]   [ ]   [ ]  

Fair Use Notice: This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been
specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material
available for commentary and criticism in an efforts to advance understanding of holistic health, environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc.
We believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as
provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title
17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to
those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included
information for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use
copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond
‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

HerbSpecialists.com

Nature’s Sunshine

Holistic Pet Journal

Reciprocal Links

Top