Smoking and the Asian American workforce in the National Latino and Asian American Study
Article first published online: 3 APR 2009
Copyright © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Special Issue: Occupational Health Disparities
Volume 53, Issue 2, pages 171–178, February 2010
How to Cite
de Castro, A.B., Garcia, G., Gee, G. C., Tsai, J. H.-C., Rue, T. and Takeuchi, D. T. (2010), Smoking and the Asian American workforce in the National Latino and Asian American Study. Am. J. Ind. Med., 53: 171–178. doi: 10.1002/ajim.20697
- Issue published online: 21 JAN 2010
- Article first published online: 3 APR 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 FEB 2009
- National Institute of Mental Health. Grant Number: U01 MH 62207
- National Institute of Health Roadmap for Medical Research
- National Center for Research Resources (NCRR). Grant Number: 1KL2RR025015-01
- Asian Americans;
Smoking among the Asian American workforce has not been extensively researched. This study examines smoking prevalence among a nationally representative sample of Asian Americans with an emphasis on occupational classification.
Cross-sectional data come from the National Latino and Asian American Study. Multivariate logistic regression analyses were used to determine smoking prevalence by occupation, gender, and nativity, among 1,528 participants self-identifying as in the labor force.
Blue collar workers reported the highest smoking prevalence (32%) followed by unemployed (19%), other (17%), service (14%), and white collar (10%). Among both employed males and females, blue collar workers had the highest prevalence (45% and 18%, respectively). By nativity, smoking was highest among blue collar workers for immigrants (25%) and highest among the unemployed for U.S. born (16%). Blue collar employment was significantly associated with being a current smoker (OR = 2.52; 95% CI: 1.23–5.16; P < 0.05) controlling for demographics (e.g., age, gender, ethnic group, nativity, etc.).
Findings reveal that smoking differs by occupation among Asian Americans. Future research should examine factors explaining differences while considering gender and nativity. Am. J. Ind. Med. 53:171–178 2010. © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.