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Document ID (ISN)112490
CIS number 12-0247
ISSN - Serial title 0090-0036 - American Journal of Public Health
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Pan J., Barbeau E.M., Levenstein C., Balbach E.D.
Title Smoke-free airlines and the role of organized labor: A case study
Bibliographic information Mar. 2005, Vol.95, No.3, p.398-403. 40 ref.
Internet access Smoke-free_airlines_[INTERNET_FREE_ACCESS] [in English]
Abstract Labour unions play an important role in debates about smoke-free worksites. This study investigated the role of flight attendants and their unions in creating smoke-free air travel. Case study methodology was used to search tobacco industry documents and labour union periodicals and to interview key informants (people identified as having first-hand information and experience in the campaign to make airlines smoke free). Tobacco industry strategies against the establishment of smoke-free worksites failed in the case of airlines, largely because of the efforts of flight attendants and their unions. Other factors contributed to the failure but likely would have been insufficient to derail industry efforts without strong stands by the flight attendants. This case illustrates the potential for successful partnerships between unions and tobacco control policy advocates when developing smoke-free worksite policies.
Descriptors (primary) air transport equipment; aircraft; smoking; passive smoking; role of workers' organizations
Descriptors (secondary) limitation of exposure; literature survey; case study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Air transportation
Smoking