Exploring smoking cessation attitudes, beliefs, and practices in occupational health nursing

Ollie Ganz, Grace Fortuna, Stephanie Weinsier, Kay Campbell, Jennifer Cantrell, William L. Furmanski

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The purpose of this study was to explore occupational health nurses' attitudes, beliefs, and practices regarding the delivery of smoking cessation services to workers. The study included 707 members of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) who completed a one-time survey during the fall of 2012. Results indicated that occupational health nurses believed that evidence-based treatments are at least somewhat effective and that they should provide smoking cessation services to their workers; however, a majority of occupational health nurses reported that they did not have appropriate smoking cessation training or guidelines in their workplaces. Occupational health nurses would benefit from training in the use of smoking cessation guidelines and evidence-based smoking cessation interventions, which could be used in their clinical practice. Employers should ensure that workplace policies, such as providing coverage for cessation services, facilitate smokers' efforts to quit. Employers can benefit from many of these policies through cost savings via reduced health care costs and absenteeism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)288-296
Number of pages9
JournalWorkplace Health and Safety
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Occupational health nursing
  • Smoking cessation
  • Tobacco use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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