Smoking in the Workplace

SmokingA report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration has revealed which occupations have higher levels of smokers. Of all the full time employees in the United States aged between 18 and 64, 28% had smoked cigarettes in the previous month. Food-service workers came in highest with 45% having smoked during that same period. The second highest groups are construction workers and miners, coming in at 42.9%.

The study also showed that people who work in training, education and library fields smoke the least, with only 12.3% having lit up in the previous month.

There is also a higher rate of younger workers smoking in relation to older workers. 40.1% of full time employees in the 18 – 24 age bracket have are reported to have smoked in the previous month compared to 33.9% of workers ages 26-34; 26.7% of workers ages 35-49; and 20.7% of workers ages 50-64.