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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Building capacity for a tobacco-free world

July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA

Friday, July 14, 2006 - 3:30 PM

Communicating Risk and Building Success for Tobacco Prevention in the Workplace – A multi-cultural view

Susan Jenkins, M.A.1, Paras K. Pokharel, MD2, and Debbie Reid, BA1. (1) Campbell County Tobacco Prevention, 1001 S. Douglas Hwy., Suite 294, Gillette, WY 82716, (2) Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, DPS School Road ,Ghopa, C type, Dharan 18,Sunsari ,Koshi, Dharan, Nepal

Objective: We have developed successful, innovative and accessible tobacco cessation opportunities as well as a comprehensive tobacco policy for mine employees in rural USA. We will discuss the effects of information disseminated about risks of tobacco use to workers in Jute Industries, (dust, fiber, and fungus present heightened hazards) in Nepal.

Methods: Wyoming's Black Thunder Mine is the second largest surface mine in the US, producing +60 million tons of coal/year. 900 people work at Black Thunder mine 12 hour shifts, 365 days/year. Through the Wyoming Department of Health, we bring cessation on-site, where we give employees cessation and access to NRT therapy, on shift. The result: cessation driven policy change.

In the Industrial Corridor of East Nepal there are approximately 25 thousand workers in Jute industries. Occupational health service personnel are trained to implement programs. These personnel offer Jute industry workers information/alternatives to health risks. Information is passed to workers at the gate upon entering workplace.

Results: Taking cessation counseling services to the Black Thunder mine resulted in higher numbers of quitters when compared to the successes found in offering the same services to a general population. Policy change at the mine was more successful driven by availability of cessation.

The messages about synergic ill effects of smoke/jute together were passed to 20,000 workers in the Jute industries region. During annual health assessments workers responded about tobacco use and risk in the workplace. The source of information for this project resulted in the “Free Tobacco Initiative at Work”.