Cigarettes, Smokeless Tobacco, and Poly-Tobacco Among Workers in Three Dusty Industries

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Tobacco use remains high among blue-collar workers, the health consequences of which may be compounded by occupational dust exposure. Detailed data on tobacco use among workers in dusty industries are lacking.


The 2006 to 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health was used to compare current tobacco use prevalence [including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco (SLT), and both (dual use)] among male workers in three dusty industries to all other employed men using bivariate and multivariate analysis.


Smoking rates were high among extraction (39.9%) and construction (38.5%) workers. Increased odds of SLT (odds ratio = 3.3) and dual use (odds ratio = 2.6) were observed among dusty-industry workers compared with other employed men. The prevalence of any tobacco use was unexpectedly high among extraction workers (60.4%).


Disparities in tobacco use behaviors by industry may point to opportunities for targeted workplace tobacco cessation programs.

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