About employees' experience of being employed under a smoking policy: How do employees who smoke experience the new smoking policy in [workplace 1] and what is the meaning of this policy for the smokers?

Patrick Pascal Nygaard, Marlene Røddik & Mette Skadhede Kaasgaard Solvang

Student thesis: Project on Graduate Program

Abstract

Abstract
This project seeks to answer the following problem formulation:
How do employees who smoke experience the new smoking policy in [workplace 1] and what is the meaning of this policy for the smokers?
A critical theoretical approach has been taken in the project to create a critique of the aim and basis of smoking policy. For the gathering of empirical use, the qualitative method has been used and in practice done with two semi-structured interviews. The interviews are conducted with two informants, both of whom smoke, who work in an organization that has recently introduced a new smoking policy that interferes with both the workplace and the privacy of the informants. The data is treated in a three-part analysis with the themes of "governmentality, power and panopticon", "health understandings" and "stigmatization". The analysis has uses the theoretical understandings from Foucault, as well as from a report from the National Board of Health regarding the risk of stigmatization in prevention. Based on the analysis, it can be concluded that the informants generally feel that the smoking policy is very interfering and that it contributes to a sense of panoptic monitoring. In addition, the health understanding embedded in smoking policy does not match the informants and they experience it as very narrow. Based on the project's chosen definition of stigmatization, informants can be said to be stigmatized as they experience labeling, stereotyping, loss of status, unequal power relationships, and exhibit emotional responses.

EducationsHealth Promotion and Health Strategies, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Graduate
LanguageDanish
Publication date14 Dec 2018
Number of pages74
SupervisorsKasper Andreas Kristensen