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Gap Seen in Exposure to Smoke on the Job in Mass.

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BOSTON (AP) — A new study says Massachusetts’ ban on workplace smoking has helped lower the number of people exposed to cancer-causing smoke on the job, but employees in lower-paid positions are less likely to be protected.

The findings reported Monday in The Boston Globe reveal that 3 percent of nonsmokers in professional fields, including software engineers, architects, teachers, and nurses, reported being exposed to a coworker’s tobacco smoke. In contrast, 37 percent of workers who didn’t smoke, including auto body workers, locksmiths and cable TV installers said a colleague lit up in their presence on the job.

Lead author Kathleen Fitzsimmons, a disease tracker with the state Public Health Department, says those workers may be in environments not covered by the law, or work in places where the law is difficult to enforce.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

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