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Exploring Organizational Smoking Policies and Employee Vaping Behavior

Song, Xiaochuan MA; English, Master Thomas M. PhD; Whitman, Marilyn V. PhD

Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: April 2017 - Volume 59 - Issue 4 - p 365–368
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000963
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Objectives: Cigarette consumption has become global threat to both smokers and organizations. However, little is known about organizational smoking and vaping policies, and their influence to employees’ smoking and vaping behavior.

Methods: We collected data from 456 employed smokers, vapers, and/or dual users. Smoking and/or vaping behavior, along with perceived organizational smoking/vaping policies were examined.

Results: Vapers reported perceiving more stringent smoking policy, while vapers who reported having workplace vaping policies perceived having generally more stringent vaping policy. Most smokers and vapers are well informed about smoking policy; however, a considerable portion of them do not have a good understanding about organizational vaping policy.

Conclusions: Organizations should not consider smoking and vaping to be the same when setting policy. Employers should ensure that organizational vaping policies are present and clear to all employees.

Department of Management, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Address correspondence to: Xiaochuan Song, Department of Management, The University of Alabama, Box 870225, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 (

Funding for this work was provided by the University of Alabama graduate school.

There is no conflict of interest to declare in this work.

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