Missouri Workers Exceed National Average for Secondhand Smoke Exposure
The survey used data collected from all Missouri counties in 2007 and 2008. It found that rural white males and young African-American males were the most likely groups to be exposed to secondhand smoke in the workplace. Per the study:
Overall exposure to secondhand smoke at work across Missouri is 11.5%. However, among young white men with low incomes and limited education living in small rural areas, 40% of nonsmokers and 56% of smokers may be exposed to secondhand smoke at work. On the basis of our model, the highest exposure category is smokers who were young black men making less than $15,000 a year with less than a high school education and living in isolated areas. This group has a 66% chance of being exposed to secondhand smoke in the workplace. This same group with nonsmoking status would have a 50% chance of exposure based on our model.Missouri is one of 27 states without a comprehensive smoke-free workplaces law.
H/T St. Louis Public Radio, which has more analysis of the study.