Smoking rate trends in U.S. occupational groups

The 1987 to 2004 National Health Interview Survey

David J Lee, Lora E. Fleming, Kristopher Arheart, William G. LeBlanc, Alberto J Caban-Martinez, Katherine Chung-Bridges, Sharon L. Christ, Kathryn McCollister, Terry Pitman

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OBJECTIVE: It is unknown if the gap in smoking rates observed between United States blue- and white-collar workers over the past four decades has continued into the new millennium. METHODS: The National Health Interview Survey is a nationally representative survey of the US civilian population. Smoking and current occupational status were assessed over survey periods 1987 to 1994 and 1997 to 2004 (n= 298,042). RESULTS: There were significant annual reductions in smoking rates for all adult US workers in both survey periods. Several blue-collar groups had greater annual smoking rate reductions in the most recent survey period relative to the earlier survey period. However, the majority of blue-collar worker groups had pooled 1997 to 2004 smoking rates in excess of the 24.5% smoking prevalence noted for all workers. CONCLUSION: Development of effective smoking prevention strategies specifically targeting blue-collar groups is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-81
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

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Smoking rate trends in U.S. occupational groups : The 1987 to 2004 National Health Interview Survey. / Lee, David J; Fleming, Lora E.; Arheart, Kristopher; LeBlanc, William G.; Caban-Martinez, Alberto J; Chung-Bridges, Katherine; Christ, Sharon L.; McCollister, Kathryn; Pitman, Terry.

In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 49, No. 1, 01.01.2007, p. 75-81.

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Lee, David J ; Fleming, Lora E. ; Arheart, Kristopher ; LeBlanc, William G. ; Caban-Martinez, Alberto J ; Chung-Bridges, Katherine ; Christ, Sharon L. ; McCollister, Kathryn ; Pitman, Terry. / Smoking rate trends in U.S. occupational groups : The 1987 to 2004 National Health Interview Survey. In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2007 ; Vol. 49, No. 1. pp. 75-81.
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