Effect of the Johnson & Johnson Live for Life program on employee smoking.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Smoking-cessation programs at the worksite hold the potential to reduce the national prevalence of smoking. This article presents the 2-year results of a broad-spectrum smoking-cessation initiative that was part of the comprehensive Johnson & Johnson LIVE FOR LIFE wellness program. In a quasi-experimental design, four companies offered the complete LIVE FOR LIFE program to their employees, and three comparison companies offered only annual health screen assessments. Smoking status was assessed by self-report and serum thiocyanate at baseline and at a 2-year follow-up. At the LIVE FOR LIFE companies, 22.6% of all smokers quit versus 17.4% of smokers at the health screen only companies. The LIVE FOR LIFE program was particularly effective with smokers at high risk for coronary heart disease: 32% of all high-risk smokers quit at the LIVE FOR LIFE companies versus 12.9% at the health screen only companies. These results demonstrate that a company-wide smoking-cessation initiative can produce significant changes in smoking behavior.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Shipley, RH; Orleans, CT; Wilbur, CS; Piserchia, PV; McFadden, DW

Published Date

  • January 1988

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 25 - 34

PubMed ID

  • 3362800

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0091-7435

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0091-7435(88)90069-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States