The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

5005.0: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 - Table 10

Abstract #46206

Workplace tobacco control policies in New Jersey

Omowumni Y. Osinubi, MD, MSc, FRCA, University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ, 170 Frelinghuysen Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854, (732) 445-0123,, William H. Hallman, Department of Human Ecology, Rutgers University, 55 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, Ira Kaufman, MS, Department of Environmental and Community Medicine, The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 675 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854, Jamie Blair Bussel, MPH, UMDNJ-School of Public Health, Liberty Plaza, Suite 2200, PO Box 2688, New Brunswick, NJ 08903-2688, and Cristine Delnevo, PhD, MPH, School of Public Health, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, PO Box 2688, New Brunswick, NJ 08903-2688.

The New Jersey workforce is diverse; as such the workforce is a unique target population for a statewide comprehensive tobacco control program. Prior research has shown that policies that restrict or ban smoking in the workplace substantially reduce occupational exposure to environmental tobacco smoke as well as reduce cigarette consumption both at work and outside the workplace. Furthermore, implementation of workplace smoking restrictions has been accomplished without significant conflict or expense.

We conducted a telephone survey of 1,113 randomly selected worksites in the State of New Jersey. Data to be presented include: the prevalence of workplace tobacco control policies, different levels of restrictiveness, levels of employee compliance, policy enforcement strategies, and workplace tobacco dependence treatment programs. In addition, the consideration of tobacco dependence treatment in the selection of health insurance plans by employers will be addressed. The information obtained from this study will identify key indictors of tobacco control policies in the workplace, a necessary first step in the evaluation of changes in workplace tobacco control policies. The study will provide data on target areas that are relevant to program planning, implementation and evaluation of the NJ Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program.

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Keywords: Occupational Health, Tobacco

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Roundtable Discussions on Issues in Tobacco Control

The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA