BLR News

12/17/2002

Workplace smoking seen as a drag.

As a growing number of states and cities move to restrict—if not totally ban - workplace smoking, they'll find nearly complete support among environmental, health, and safety (EHS) professionals—the people tasked with safety and environmental compliance in their workplaces.

In an online poll conducted by sister sites SafetyNext.com and BLR.com, 96 percent of the participants supported banning or at least restricting workplace smoking.

Here’s a full breakdown of how EHS professionals voted when asked to answer the question: Should smoking be banned from the workplace?

Definitely: 65 percent

Only in designated areas: 31 percent

Not at all: 4 percent.

The poll which was conducted during the week of December 2 drew a total of 431 votes.

According to the American Lung Association, nearly 70 percent of the U.S. workplaces have instituted a smoke-free policy. Of the states that limit or prohibit smoking in public places, 45 restrict smoking in government workplaces and 24 have extended those limitations to private sector workplaces.

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