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Table 1 Company’s and employer’s characteristics (N = 292)

From: Association between employer’s knowledge and attitude towards smoking cessation and voluntary promotion in workplace: a survey study

Company’s characteristics n (%)
Company size
 Small (N = 1-10) 104 (35.6)
 Medium (N = 11-100) 88 (30.1)
 Large (N = 100+) 100 (34.3)
Company typea
 Blue-collar 92 (31.5)
 White-collar 81 (27.7)
 Others 119 (40.8)
Having smoking employee 153 (52.4)
Having strict prohibition smokefree policy 249 (85.2)
Employers perceived responsible for assisting employees to quit smoking 70 (24.0)
Provision of assistance to help smoking staff to quit last year 29 (9.9)
 Messages (Poster, notice or leaflet) 22 (75.9)
 Health talks or enquiries 7 (24.1)
Referral to smoking cessation service (Department of Health) 5 (17.2)
Respondent’s characteristics
Age (yrs.; mean ± SD, range) 37.4 ± 10.9 (18-85)
Position
 Employer (Owner of the company) 56 (19.2)
 Manager 119 (40.8)
 Supervisor 117 (40.1)
Perceived impact of smoking on company(0-5; mean ± SD)b 3.30 ± 1.85
 Productivity 151 (55.7)
 Corporate image 195 (70.9)
 Work environment 220 (79.4)
 Environment outside workplace 215 (78.8)
 Customer’s evaluation of service quality 182 (67.4)
Knowledge of smoking and second-hand smoke (0-7; mean ± SD)c 3.42 ± 1.67
 Quitting is too late if smoked for years 212 (76.3)
 Quitting may harm health of elderly smokers and quitting is not necessary 219 (79.4)
 Using low-tar cigarettes is a safe alternative to quitting 200 (72.7)
 Nicotine gum and patches increase quit rate 132 (47.8)
 1 out of 20 smokers will be killed by smoking 34 (12.4)
 Preventing children and adolescent smoking is the most important way to reduce smoking-attributable mortality 29 (10.5)
 Second-hand smoke is less harmful than outdoor air pollution 172 (62.3)
  1. aTop 5 industries (%), in term of the number of companies involved in this study, were Finance/ Bank (11.2%), Information Technology (9.1%), Property Management (8.4%), Food service/ Restaurants (5.6%), Education (4.9%)
  2. bRespondent scored 1 point if he/she perceived “somewhat impact” or “severe impact” on the 5 items listed below; the total score ranged from 0 to 5
  3. cRespondent scored 1 point if he/she gave a correct answer to each of the listed items; the total score ranged from 0 to 7
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