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Study Reveals Rise in Number of Indian BPO Workers who Smoke

by: Karen Cayamanda

Friday, May 28, 2010 | Outsourcing News |

A new study in India found out that there is an increase in the number of BPO workers who smoke. In this 18-month study with 646 participants, 41 percent were habitual smokers, eight percent of which were women. Seventeen employees opted hookah, while others consumed smokeless kinds of tobacco.

Rise of number of smokers in the BPO sector

Researchers said that employees find smoking effective in relieving stress and overcoming boredom. Peer pressure and high disposable income also contribute to the growing number of smokers in the BPO sector.

“This group learns to smoke in packs. They largely smoke during break time where smokers and non-smokers intermingle. The non-smokers, because of being in constant touch with the smokers, become passive smokers and eventually active smokers which is the prevailing trend,” said Dr. Gauravi Mishra, lead researcher of the study and consultant department of preventive oncology at Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH).



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