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The Smokers And The Quitters - Who Smokes And What helps you Quit

September 10, 2017

A new Government report just released shows that construction workers, miners and food service workers are people most likely to smoke.

In these industries it appears that higher smoking rates are partly linked to less formal education, younger age and lower wages. Also when you think into it, workers in these industries are more likely to be outdoors or in environments to which smoking regulations are not applied to, or impossible to enforce, whereas office workers are pretty much out of business worldwide, when it comes to lighting up at their desks. If no one is allowed to smoke and you are trying to quit you'd be more likely to succeed, whereas if your colleagues are puffing away and you are having a bad day, the habit is almost impossible to avoid.

Dr. Tim McAfee, director of the Office on Smoking and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said :

"There may be other characteristics that are clustering
in these industries."

The study was produced by the CDC and based on interviews with over 113,000 working adults from 2004 to 2010. It showed around 19 percent of adults as smokers but 30 percent in mining, construction and food services industries smoke. Its somewhat ironic that smokers are clustered in these industries since miners who smoke can cause explosions underground and since 1977 four major mine disasters killing 24 miners have been attributed to smoking at the workplace. Construction workers may already face increased pressure on their respiratory system from dust, fumes, paints, glues and even asbestos, so smoking is probably the last thing they should be doing at work or at home.

In other tobacco related news, a study conducted by scientists at University College of London compared 740 Polish smokers to see how effective the quit smoking drugs available were.

The report released in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that one year later, more than 8 percent of smokers who used cystine (Tabex) remained smoke free, while the control group showed barely more than 2 percent. However the drug sold in the US varenicline (Chantix), showed 20 percent of smokers were tobacco free after 12 months against only 10% who took a palcebo. The researchers write :

"The lower cost of cytisine as compared with that of other pharmacotherapies for smoking cessation may make it an attractive treatment option for smokers in low-income and middle-income countries."

Rupert Shepherd reporting on blog

View drug information on Chantix.