Tobacco consumption has been on a decline since 1963 when the Surgeon General announced the health hazards associated with smoking cigarettes. Adding to this decline has been the introduction of the Smoke Free Workplace Policy adopted by both government and many private sector companies. In this study I will describe how a tobacco free workplace has affected employees and in tum how they have reacted to the policy. The theoretical framework I will use to describe these phenomena is “Reactance Theory” (Brehm, 1966). I will show how my research supports the theory that when a person's freedom to choose a behavior has been taken away, in this case smoking, the person will react contrary to the regulation which removed the freedom. The research design involves interviews and participant observation of two major facilities within a large aerospace company.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
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