Members of the CPHSS team published a new paper in November, 2011 in the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease. The paper, entitled “Demographic and Geographic Differences in Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Missouri Workplaces, 2007-2008”, describes a study done in collaboration with partners at Saint Louis University and the Missouri Foundation for Health to examine health disparities in secondhand smoke exposure among different workplaces in Missouri.
The study was descriptive and cross-sectional, and used data from the 2007 Missouri County-Level Study, which was conducted by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri Foundation for Health. Using this data, the research team was able to develop a logistic multilevel model for individual and county-level differences in workplace secondhand smoke exposure. Analysis showed that male sex, lower education levels, lower income, living in a small rural or isolated area, and current smoking were all significantly associated with increased exposure to workplace secondhand smoke. The paper reveals the existence of major disparities in workplace secondhand smoke exposure across Missouri, and lends support for a statewide smokefree workplace law.