Study: Mining, construction, food industry workers smoke more

A woman is seen smoking in this file photo.

September 29, 2011 2:47:31 PM PDT
If you're a smoker, your job might have something to do with the habit.

A new government report finds construction workers, miners and food service workers are the occupations that smoke the most. Experts say that may have much to do with education levels as the jobs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found a little over 19-percent of working adults smoke. But that number climbs to 30-percent in the mining, construction and food industries.

Librarians and teachers smoked the least at less than 9-percent. Traits linked to higher smoking rates include being younger, having fewer years of education and making less money.