Awareness and Needs of Smoking Cessation Services for Female Emotional Laborers, Parcel Delivery Workers, Transportation Workers, and Construction Workers in South Korea

Dahyeon Lee, Kang Sook Lee, Haena Kim, Yeonwoo Lee, Mi Ji Lee, Hyunkyung Lee, Jun Pyo Myong, Hyekyeong Kim, Jakyoung Lee

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Abstract

Although South Korea has implemented various smoking cessation services, women who are emotional laborers, as well as parcel delivery, transportation, and construction workers, have poor access to these services. This study evaluated the smoking-related characteristics of workers in these four occupations as well as the awareness of and need for smoking cessation services. In total 808 workers in these four occupations aged 19 years and above were recruited nationwide and had their data analyzed. The participants’ age, marital status, number of work hours per week, job-related stress, age when they started smoking, average number of cigarettes a day, types of tobacco products, close relationships to others who smoke, number of attempts to quit smoking, plans to quit smoking, awareness of cessation services, prior utilization of cessation services, and need for cessation services were surveyed. Compared with parcel delivery workers, female emotional laborers and transportation and construction workers had more attempts to quit smoking, plans to quit smoking, and prior utilization of smoking cessation services, moreover, construction workers had a significantly lower awareness of smoking cessation services. Parcel delivery workers need smoking cessation programs, mobile applications to help them quit smoking, and improvements in their work environments. Cessation services and education should be promoted at workplaces and among managers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number15220
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume19
Issue number22
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The Health Promotion Fund from the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Republic of Korea (20210500E12-00) funded this work. They had no role in the research study design or research activities.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 by the authors.

Keywords

  • construction workers
  • female emotional laborers
  • parcel delivery workers
  • smoking cessation services
  • transportation workers

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