Cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and poly-tobacco among workers in three dusty industries

Judith M. Graber*, Cristine D. Delnevo, Michelle T Bover Manderski, Olivia A. Wackowski, Cecile S. Rose, Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, Robert A. Cohen

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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 dustyindustry 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-484
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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