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TU-12 Increase the proportion of persons covered by indoor worksite policies that prohibit smoking

About the Data: National

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
Tobacco Use Supplement-Current Population Survey (TUS-CPS); U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute (Census, DOL/BLS, NIH/NCI)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Yes
Measure: 
percent
Baseline (Year): 
83.4 (2010–11)
Target: 
100
Target-Setting Method: 
Retention of Healthy People 2010 target
Target-Setting Method Justification: 
The Surgeon General has concluded that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Breathing even a little secondhand smoke can be harmful to a person’s health. Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer, heart disease, acute respiratory effects, and can cause sudden infant death syndrome and other health consequences in infants and children. Separating smokers from nonsmokers, cleaning the air, and ventilating buildings cannot eliminate secondhand smoke exposure. Only 100% smoke-free indoor environments fully protect people from exposure to secondhand smoke.
Numerator: 

Number of persons aged 18 years and over who were covered by indoor worksite smoking policies that prohibit smoking

Denominator: 

Number of employed persons aged 18 years and over who mainly work in indoor public workplaces

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Adapted from HP2010 objective
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    From the 2010-2011 Tobacco Use Supplement- Current Population Survey:

    [NUMERATOR:]

    Is smoking restricted in ANY WAY at your place of work?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    Which of these best describe the smoking policy at your place or work for INDOOR PUBLIC OR COMMON AREAS, such as lobbies, rest rooms, and lunch rooms?

    1. Not allowed in ANY public areas
    2. Allowed in SOME public areas
    3. Allowed in ALL public areas

    Which of these best describe the smoking policy at your place or work for INDOOR WORK AREAS?

    1. Not allowed in ANY public areas
    2. Allowed in SOME public areas
    3. Allowed in ALL public areas

    [NUMERATOR AND DENOMINATOR:]

    Do you mainly work indoors or outdoors?

    1. Indoors
    2. Outdoors
    3. About equally indoors and outdoors
    4. Works mainly indoors in a non-traditional environment such as a warehouse or other similar large semi-structured area
    5. Mainly travel around to different clients or sites or mainly in a motor vehicle/bus/train/boat/airplane/underground/in a mine, etc.
    6. Varies

    Do you mainly work in an office building, in your own home, in someone else’s home, or in another indoor place?

    1. Office building
    2. Own home
    3. Someone else’s home
    4. Another indoor place
Data Collection Frequency: 
Periodic
Methodology Notes: 

    Persons are covered by indoor worksite policies that prohibit smoking if they answer that smoking is not allowed in ANY "indoor public or common areas" or ANY " indoor work areas".

    The denominator for this measure only includes persons who reported that they work in indoor public workplaces and does not include persons who work at home or at someone else's home. (Persons who answer that they work in an "office building" or " another indoor place" are included; persons who report that they work in a non-traditional indoor environment are also included).

    The Current Population Survey (CPS) collects family income information in categories that include a range of incomes. Family income levels are determined using poverty thresholds from the U.S. Census Bureau. For this measure CPS family income categories that fall completely below the poverty threshold are displayed as "Below", income categories that contain the poverty threshold are displayed as "Borderline", and income categories that fall completely above the poverty threshold are displayed as "Above".

Changes Between HP2010 and HP2020: 
This objective was revised from ‘retained from HP2010 objective’ to ‘adapted from HP2010 objective’ in 2015. The numerator was revised from 'number of persons aged 18 years and over with known smoking status who were covered by indoor worksite smoking policies that prohibit smoking' to 'number of persons aged 18 years and over who were covered by indoor worksite smoking policies that prohibit smoking'. The denominator was revised from 'number of employed persons aged 18 years and over who work in indoor public workplaces' to 'number of employed persons aged 18 years and over who mainly work in indoor public workplaces'. These revisions were due to changes to the survey questions from the 2006-07 TUS-CPS to the 2010-11 TUS-CPS.

About the Data: State

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the state-level data.

Data Source: 
Tobacco Use Supplement-Current Population Survey (TUS-CPS); U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute (Census, DOL/BLS, NIH/NCI)
Measure: 
percent
Numerator: 

Number of persons aged 18 years and over who were covered by indoor worksite smoking policies that prohibit smoking

Denominator: 

Number of employed persons aged 18 years and over who mainly work in indoor public workplaces

Questions Used to Obtain the State Data: 

      From the 2010-2011 Tobacco Use Supplement- Current Population Survey:

      [NUMERATOR:]

      Is smoking restricted in ANY WAY at your place of work?

      1. Yes
      2. No

      Which of these best describe the smoking policy at your place or work for INDOOR PUBLIC OR COMMON AREAS, such as lobbies, rest rooms, and lunch rooms?

      1. Not allowed in ANY public areas
      2. Allowed in SOME public areas
      3. Allowed in ALL public areas

      Which of these best describe the smoking policy at your place or work for INDOOR WORK AREAS?

      1. Not allowed in ANY public areas
      2. Allowed in SOME public areas
      3. Allowed in ALL public areas

      [NUMERATOR AND DENOMINATOR:]

      Do you mainly work indoors or outdoors?

      1. Indoors
      2. Outdoors
      3. About equally indoors and outdoors
      4. Works mainly indoors in a non-traditional environment such as a warehouse or other similar large semi-structured area
      5. Mainly travel around to different clients or sites or mainly in a motor vehicle/bus/train/boat/airplane/underground/in a mine, etc.
      6. Varies

      Do you mainly work in an office building, in your own home, in someone else’s home, or in another indoor place?

      1. Office building
      2. Own home
      3. Someone else’s home
      4. Another indoor place
Data Collection Frequency: 
Periodic
Methodology Notes: 

      Persons are covered by indoor worksite policies that prohibit smoking if they answer that smoking is not allowed in ANY "indoor public or common areas" or ANY " indoor work areas".

      The denominator for this measure only includes persons who reported that they work in indoor public workplaces and does not include persons who work at home or at someone else's home. (Persons who answer that they work in an "office building" or " another indoor place" are included; persons who report that they work in a non-traditional indoor environment are also included).

      The Current Population Survey (CPS) collects family income information in categories that include a range of incomes. Family income levels are determined using poverty thresholds from the U.S. Census Bureau. For this measure CPS family income categories that fall completely below the poverty threshold are displayed as "Below", income categories that contain the poverty threshold are displayed as "Borderline", and income categories that fall completely above the poverty threshold are displayed as "Above".

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
This objective was revised in 2015. The numerator was revised from 'number of persons aged 18 years and over with known smoking status who were covered by indoor worksite smoking policies that prohibit smoking' to 'number of persons aged 18 years and over who were covered by indoor worksite smoking policies that prohibit smoking'. The denominator was revised from 'number of employed persons aged 18 years and over who work in indoor public workplaces' to 'number of employed persons aged 18 years and over who mainly work in indoor public workplaces'. These revisions were due to changes to the survey questions from the 2006-07 TUS-CPS to the 2010-11 TUS-CPS. As a result, the baseline was revised from '75.3 percent of persons aged 18 years and over with known smoking status were covered by indoor worksite smoking policies that prohibit smoking in 2006-2007' to '83.4 percent of persons aged 18 years and over who mainly work in indoor public workplaces were covered by indoor worksite smoking policies that prohibit smoking'. The target remained 100%, but the target setting method changed from 'projection/trend analysis' to 'retention of HP2010 target'. This revision also changed this objective from ‘retained from HP2010 objective’ to ‘adapted from HP2010 objective’ due to the break in trend.

References

Additional resources about the objective

  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2006.