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HEADLINE: SMOKING AND WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS

ANCHOR LEAD:  THOSE WHO SMOKE ARE AT INCREASED RISK FOR WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

People who smoke are more likely than those who don’t to have a workplace injury that results in loss of activity, a huge Canadian study found.  Keisha Pollack, an expert in workplace injuries at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, says there are a number of possible reasons for the relationship.

POLLACK:  We have seen some hypothesis related to the physiological effects of smoking on the body.  We know that smoking leads to weaker bones, particularly amongst postmenopausal women, and that might lead to more fractures.  There are other hypothesis about smoking and risk taking behaviors maybe those employees might be more likely to take chances.  Or smoking is associated with poor sleep and we know that sleep deficiencies are related to injuries so there might be something going on there.    :27

Pollack says identifying those factors related to workplace injury can help employers develop strategies to reduce them.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.

 


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