Inequities in workplace secondhand smoke exposure among nonsmoking women of reproductive age.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVES: We characterized workplace secondhand smoke exposure among nonsmoking women of reproductive age as a proxy for workplace secondhand smoke exposure during pregnancy. METHODS: We included nonsmoking women aged 18 to 44 years employed during the past 12 months who participated in the 2010 National Health Interview Survey. We estimated the prevalence of workplace secondhand smoke exposure and its associations with sociodemographic and workplace characteristics. RESULTS: Nine percent of women reported workplace secondhand smoke exposure. Prevalence decreased with increasing age, education, and earnings. Workplace secondhand smoke exposure was associated with chemical exposure (prevalence odds ratio [POR] = 3.3; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 2.3, 4.7); being threatened, bullied, or harassed (POR = 3.2; 95% CI = 2.1, 5.1); vapors, gas, dust, or fume exposure (POR = 3.1; 95% CI = 2.3, 4.4); and worrying about unemployment (POR = 3.0; 95% CI = 1.8, 5.2), among other things. CONCLUSIONS: Comprehensive smoke-free laws covering all workers could eliminate inequities in workplace secondhand smoke exposure, including during pregnancy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Johnson, CY; Luckhaupt, SE; Lawson, CC

Published Date

  • July 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 105 Suppl 3 /

Start / End Page

  • e33 - e40

PubMed ID

  • 25905837

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4455520

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1541-0048

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302380


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States