A new study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that nearly 33.5 million full-time employees ages 18 to 64 reported smoking in the past month. "The study provides important insight and updated information that can be used to assist in the developing or refining smoking-cessation efforts to specific workplace groups," said Eric Broderick, the acting administrator at SAMHSA. "The workplace is an ideal location for programs to educate employees about the risks of smoking and programs to promote smoking cessation to reduce risks of illnesses such as heart disease and cancer."
What is important to know:
- The top employment category is food-preparation and serving-related jobs (44.7% current smokers)
- Next highest employment category smoking rate is construction workers and miners (42.9% current smokers)
- The lowest employment categories were education, training, and library fields (12.3% reported smoking in the last month)
- 18-25 year olds have the highest recent history of smoking (having smoked in the past month).
- Men smoked at higher rates than women.
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