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3 Big Social Determinants Driving Tobacco Use in Your Workforce

3 Big Social Determinants Driving Tobacco Use in Your Workforce

Social determinants of health and tobacco use often go hand in hand.

Today, about 19% of all American adults use some form of tobacco.

Among these people who use tobacco, the associations between tobacco use and low income, education, and healthcare access are strong. To counter them, we need deliberate and thoughtful approaches that address social determinants of health and tobacco use.

Steps employers can take

Employers cannot be expected to solve societal-level issues around income and education disparities. However, you can step up to address tobacco use as one of the major correlates of these disparities.

Why would you do this?

First and foremost, because it’s the right thing to do. Especially for socially responsible companies, helping employees quit tobacco is a step toward fostering a sustainably healthier life.

It’s also a wise business decision. Employers take a particularly big hit from lost productivity, absenteeism, and higher rates of injury, illness, and chronic disease due to employee tobacco use.

Inside the relationship between social determinants of health and tobacco use

By understanding the biggest social factors associated with tobacco use, employers can better identify who’s still at risk. They can tailor their cessation efforts in meaningful, effective ways, too.

Download our report to learn:

  • Insights into which social determinants of health are linked to higher tobacco use—and why
  • How socially responsible companies are adopting holistic approaches to tobacco cessation that include physical, mental, and financial support
  • Steps employers can take to relieve (vs. exacerbate) struggles with tobacco

For more insights into the impact of tobacco use on different populations, visit:

Why Your Plans for Diversity and Social Justice Must Address Tobacco