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With approximately 75,000 employees, Pacific Bell is the largest employer in the state of California. Like many employers, Pacific Bell is very concerned about the adverse health effects associated with smoking and is actively attempting to control smoking at the workplace. This article describes the health and economic costs and legal pressures which compel companies to be concerned about workplace smoking and the strategies available to manage this major health problem. Also described are the new corporate smoking policy and company-wide smoking-cessation program established at Pacific Bell, as well as the research conducted among pacific Bell employees.


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Eriksen, M.P. (1985). Smoking policies at Pacific Bell. Corporate Commentary, 1(4): 24-34.

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