Presented at the Conference on Smoking in the Workplace
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
May 23, 1986
Speeches on smoking had a way of growing in sophistication. Smoking at the worksite became a very special arena for education.
I think all of us are indebted to Smith, the CEO of Pacific Northwest Bell, who did more than any CEO that I know of to really
annunciate the problems of smoking at the worksite, to clearly demonstrate the benefits to management and labor if smoking
were removed from the worksite, and to become an example and a template for other worksite operations to eliminate the hazards
of not only smoking, but passive smoking as well.
This lecture is one that should please anyone in public health because in very succinct terms it describes what public health
is all about. It covers the problems of worksite smoking - the dangers of it, as well as the advantages of being without it
- and it spins off a lot of other information about hazards at worksites where the offending agents are not associated with
tobacco smoke except for the very important fact that sometimes tobacco smoke acts synergistically with other toxins at the
In fact, this lecture, in my opinion, was good enough to give twice and I did it first on May 23, 1986 at a Conference on
Smoking in the Workplace in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and repeated it seven days later at another Conference on Smoking in the
Workplace for New Jersey Corporations held at Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey on June 3, 1986.
Because of the tremendous number of chemicals and toxic agents mentioned in various worksites, no index is included here.