Magazine article Management Review

What's Behind the Smoke Screen?

Magazine article Management Review

What's Behind the Smoke Screen?

Article excerpt

It may come as no surprise, but smoking in the workplace seems to be on the decline, and attitudes regarding smoking are quickly changing with it. A mere 17 percent of the respondents to Management Review's December Fast Fax Poll claim that they are smokers-and even they appear to be sensitive to this "hot" issue.

Overall, respondents are supportive of the proactive approach their companies have taken. Seventy-nine percent of the respondents say their companies provide them with "no smoking" areas; and 86 percent of the smokers and 90 percent of the nonsmokers approve of their company's policy.

Attitudes regarding coworkers lighting up in the office predictably vary between smoking and nonsmoking respondents. Overall, two-thirds of the respondents said that they would tell that person politely that they do not permit smoking in their office. Three-quarters of the nonsmokers, and one-quarter of the smokers responded in that way. Forty-one percent of the smokers would say nothing because the smoking doesn't bother them, as opposed to only 4 percent of nonsmokers. And 25 percent of the smokers would say nothing because they feel smokers have a right to smoke, compared to just 9 percent of nonsmokers.

Obviously, freedom of choice prevails among respondents-two-thirds of the whole sample said that marketing tobacco in the USSR and other Second and Third World countries is fair-Soviets, and others, have the freedom to choose to smoke. Of those, 87 percent of smokers agree with "freedom to choose"; and 54 percent of the nonsmokers agree-still a majority. …

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