Occupations, cigarette smoking, and lung cancer in the rpidemiological follow- up to the nhanes i and the california occuational mortality study

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Abstract

What jobs tire associated with the highest and lowest levels of cigarette use and of lung cancer? Are there gender differences in these jobs? Two data sets-the Epidemiological Fol low-up to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHEFS) and the California Occupational Mortality Study (COM'S) were analyzed to answer these questions. For females, the broad occupations ranking from highest to lowest cigarette use in the NHEFS was: transportation operators, managers, craft workers, service workers, operatives, laborers, technicians, administrative workers, farm owners and workers, sales workers, no occupation, and professionals. The corresponding ranking for males was: transportation operators, no occupation, laborers, craft workers, service workers, technicians, and professionals. The highest-ranking jobs in the COMS were waitresses, telephone operators, and cosmetologists for women, and water-transportation workers, roofers, foresters and loggers for men. Teachers were especially low on all four lists. This study could not determine whether employment within any occupation encouraged smoking or if smokers selected certain occupations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)370-397
Number of pages28
JournalBulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine: Journal of Urban Health
Volume73
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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