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

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Abstract

Background:

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.

Methods:

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.

Results:

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%).

Conclusions:

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

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