A closer look at smoking behavior among young US workers
Methods: Using pooled data from the nationally representative 2005-2010 National Health Interview Survey, we explored the smoking behavior of young workers aged 18-24 years (n=3,512; representing estimated 16,974,641 workers) by occupation (white-collar, blue-collar, and service) and other factors. Weighted logistic regression analysis was performed to identify predictors of smoking.
Overall, 24% of young workers reported smoking. Most smokers (70%) were daily smokers. Although 66% of smokers were interested in quitting and 54% tried to quit smoking, almost none reported using medication or formal cessation treatment approaches. Smoking prevalence was 33.8% in blue-collar, 24.7% in service, and 20% in white-collar workers. White-collar workers were less likely to smoke than blue-collar workers (OR=0.69; 95%CI=0.52-0.91). Smoking prevalence was similar among males and females. Hispanics and Blacks were less likely to smoke than non-Hispanic Whites (0.29; 0.21-0.39; 0.37 0.25-0.53), respectively. Those with <12 years education (3.72; 2.62-5.302) and without health insurance (1.61; 1.30-1.99) were more likely to smoke.
Smoking prevalence is high among young blue-collar workers. Although most smokers were interested in quitting, very few reported seeking specialized smoking cessation treatment. Targeting young workers with smoking cessation interventions is needed.
Occupational health and safety
Social and behavioral sciences
Describe smoking prevalence in young workers by occupation (white-collar, blue-collar, and service). Identify predictors of smoking in young workers. Discuss possible smoking cessation and prevention interventions targeted to young workers to increase their access and awareness to smoking cessation treatment.
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