COVID-19 Mask Requirements as a Workers’ Rights Issue: Parallels to Smokefree Workplaces

Mike Vuolo, Brian C. Kelly, and Vincent J. Roscigno recently published an excellent essay “COVID-19 Mask Requirements as a Workers’ Rights Issue: Parallels to Smoking Bans” in American Journal of Preventive Medicine that, as the title indicates makes the case that just as society has widely embraced smokefree workplaces as a way to protect workers’ health and reduce health disparities, governments should require masks at work, especially places where the public is involved.

As they note, as there have been and continue to be arguments that smokefree workplaces and public places infringe on freedom, even libertarians believe “your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins.”

The same holds for protecting people from coronavirus.

Published by Stanton Glantz

Stanton Glantz is a retired Professor of Medicine who served on the University of California San Francisco faculty for 45 years. He conducts research on tobacco and cannabis control and cardiovascular disease/

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