CDC: Miners, Construction, Food Workers Smoke Most

miners, construction, food workers smoke mostBy Mike Stobbe

ATLANTA (AP) -- Construction workers, miners and food service workers top the list of occupations that smoke the most, according to a new government report. Experts say it might have as much to do with lower education levels as the jobs themselves.

"There may be other characteristics that are clustering in these industries," said Dr. Tim McAfee, director of the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Traits linked to higher smoking rates and seen in employees in these industries include being younger, having fewer years of education and making less money.

Also, some people who work outdoors are less likely to face the kind of indoor smoking bans seen in white-collar workplaces like schools, hospitals and office buildings, McAfee said.

The CDC study found 19.6 percent of working adults smoke, but as many as 30 percent in the mining, construction and food service industries smoke. Librarians and teachers smoked the least, at less than 9 percent.

For decades, the biggest smokers by profession have been roofers, drywall installers, brick and stone masons and other workers in construction trades. But health officials have warned construction workers may be at elevated risk from smoking, especially if they are exposed to asbestos. Studies have shown that people who work with asbestos are more likely to develop lung cancer if they also smoke.

Smoking also can pose extra danger for miners, who might ignite methane gas with matches or cigarette lighters. Federal officials say that since 1977, four major mine explosions have been blamed on smoking that combined killed 24 miners.

The CDC study is based on in-person interviews of more than 113,000 working adults in the years 2004 through 2010.

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Why do smokers live longer than non smokers? Dont beleive it, research it!

October 06 2011 at 12:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to kt3mcc's comment

On average, smokers live 10 years less than non- smokers. Insurance companies keep very good statistics on harmful habits.

October 06 2011 at 2:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Construction workers are not exposed to the pussification of america. We smoke because we would tell you to go F yourself if you said we couldn't.
Pretty simple MoFo.

October 05 2011 at 11:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to trikincraka1's comment

You selfish jerks who smoke drive up my insurance rates with the sickness that comes with smoking. Wait until they remove one of your lungs, then see how smug you are ??

October 06 2011 at 2:02 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

In the first place , dumbass . they don't let you smoke IN the mines and in the second place EDUCATION has nothing to do with it . Try STRESS , that has a lt to do with it!!!

October 05 2011 at 11:15 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

the reason for such high numbers in those listed professions is simple: all three occupations are very high in stress for those people working them....i come from a family of very well educated people, many of whom smoked and i was always around it...soon as i got in the bar and restaurant industry, i started smoking...the stress factor in the bar and restaurant business is always high, and nicotine is a proven stress reliever, granted its not the best way to go about i'll keep on puffin thank you very much....

October 05 2011 at 10:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

lol...back in the 60s an 70s..the whole world smoked...I guess that surprises me

October 05 2011 at 10:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, nothing is more inviting than a yellow toothed smile and a person who reeks of tobacco...smokers have smokers block, and have no sense of how really offensive they come across.
And the young children riding in cars with rolled up windows with their troll parents huffing up a fog really grates me.

October 05 2011 at 10:15 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

If this isn't the biggest bunch of BS, I don't know what is.

Where do they come up with this stuff? Don't buy into it for a second!

October 05 2011 at 9:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Todd 83

I just quite smoking after 20 years but were I work I had to be like 100 feet from the building just to have a smoke, the only thing that they should bring back is the two martini lunch, as long as you are not driving.

October 05 2011 at 8:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Are you kidding??? With the views of smoking today, can you imagine a CEO of a National Bank going to take a 'smoke break' then walk back in with his suit smelling like an ashtray. Those days are gone; same as the two martini lunches.

October 05 2011 at 8:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Hospital workers for sure. What a great example, give healthcare and smoke outside.

October 05 2011 at 7:43 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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