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A recent international poll of nearly 5,000 people by research institute RTI International and Harris Interactive found almost

three-quarters of workers who smoke and 87 percent of employers support a smoke-free work environment.

3,500 workers, smokers and non-smokers, and more than 1,400 employers in the 14 countries participated in the poll.  The countries included South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, India, Britain, Italy, Sweden, France, Germany, Spain, Poland, Turkey and Brazil.

The poll further indicated worker and employer interest in programs and policies to increase smoking bans and assistance with smoking cessation.

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Tattoo, Brute?

With metal in their ears and metal in their hearts, the life of a tattoo artist is filled with excitement and danger. The biggest work-related hazard arises from workers’ exposure to blood. The blood-borne pathogens of greatest concern are HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C . Of those three, ¬†Hepatitis B is the only one for which there is a vaccine. So, how does one reduce the risk of disease transmission?

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World COPD Day

Not to be confused with the stubborn, gray group of odd-toed ungulates known as the Consternation Of Perturbed Donkeys (COPD), COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Airway obstruction is due to inflamed, narrow bronchial tubes (chronic bronchitis) and deficient oxygen exchange (emphysema). Although smoking is the greatest risk factor associated with the disease, studies note exposure to workplace pollutants as an important factor.

The World Health Organization (WHO), in partnership with COPD groups and health professionals, is sponsoring World COPD Day this November 18th to raise awareness.

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