consequences from smoking, including
people living with HIV/AIDS, American
Indians, African-Americans and people
with serious mental illness. The app lists
information on smoking prevalence, risk
factors and health consequences for these
health-priority populations, which also
include the LGBT population and older
APA Smoke Screen also directs
clinicians to consider how their clients
may have overlapping risk factors for
smoking and offers ways to track how
well they are preventing and treating
tobacco use among their clients.
APA developed the app with a
grant from the Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality to raise awareness among psychologists on the risks
of smoking among their clients and to
provide a quick and easy way to get the
resources they need to help.
“For some of the populations that
[psychologists] serve, it is the leading
preventable cause of morbidity and
mortality, so we are trying to push the
urgency of attending to smoking,” says
Lula Beatty, PhD, senior director of
APA’s Health Disparities Program.
Americans ( 60 percent) indicated that
people at work are generally respectful
toward others with differing political
views, more than a quarter ( 26 percent)
have witnessed or overheard their
co-workers arguing about politics, and
about 1 in 10 ( 11 percent) have gotten
into an argument themselves.
“The workplace brings people
together from different backgrounds
who might not ordinarily interact
with each other. When you add politics to the mix—a deeply personal
and emotional topic for many—there
is potential for tension, conflict and
problems for both employees and the
organization,” said David W. Ballard,
PsyD, MBA, director of APA’s Center
for Organizational Excellence.
Other key findings from the survey:
■ More than half ( 54 percent) of American workers said they avoid discussing
politics with colleagues, and one in five
( 20 percent) reported avoiding some
co-workers because of their political views.
■ As a result of political discussions at
work, at least one in 10 working Americans said they have felt tense or stressed
( 17 percent), have been more cynical
and negative at work ( 15 percent), have
had more difficulty getting work done
( 10 percent), have been less productive
at work ( 13 percent) and have seen their
work quality suffer ( 10 percent).
■ Compared with women, more than
twice as many men reported that they
have had more difficulty getting work
done ( 13 percent vs. 6 percent), that their
work quality had suffered ( 14 percent vs.
5 percent) and that they had been less
productive at work ( 18 percent vs. 7 percent) as a result of political discussions at
work this election season.
■ For younger workers (ages 18–34), 28
percent said political discussions at work
have made them feel stressed, 23 percent
reported feeling more isolated from their
co-workers, and 25 percent said work-
place hostility has increased. Almost
one in five younger workers ( 18 percent)
reported having an argument with a
co-worker about politics.
■ More than one in four younger
employees (ages 18–34) said they have
a more negative view of co-workers as
a result of political discussions at work
( 26 percent), and that they avoid some
co-workers because of their political
views ( 28 percent).
GET THE APP
A NEW TOOL TO HELP
CLIENTS QUIT SMOKING
Most smokers want to quit and now it is easier than ever for psychologists to help. Providers can download APA’s new free mobile
app APA Smoke Screen, which offers
tobacco use screening tools, links to telephone quit-lines, lists of evidence-based
smoking-cessation interventions and
The app is available through Google
Play and i Tunes.
Smoke Screen offers targeted information for 14 populations that are
more likely to smoke, or suffer more
A new app helps
help their clients