The built project was funded by the California’s Tobacco Tax Fund (Proposition 99) from 1999-2007, and in that time, developed numerous resources about cessation and prevention of tobacco use by construction and blue collar workers.  Many of these materials are still available in hard copy through the Tobacco Education Clearinghouse of California (TECC):  (search for “union”).

We are pleased to have received funding from Pfizer to update the website and select materials.  Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

The Facts About Built

"Building Trades Unions Ignite Less Tobacco"


What is built?

built - was designed to provide statewide outreach to workers and their unions about tobacco use. The State Building and Construction Trades Council project sought to do the following:

  • Provide resources on prevention and cessation of tobacco use
  • Educate members about the dangers of tobacco and the toxic hazards they work with on the job
  • Promote smoke-free environments at Union functions and on the job
  • Show how the tobacco industry has targeted blue collar workers and counter pro-tobacco influences


How is built funded?

  • From 1999-2007, built funding came entirely from the State of California's Department of Health Services (now the California Department of Public Health). In 2011, built received funding from Pfizer specifically to update the website and reprint select materials.


Why is built needed?

  • Construction workers are exposed more often than other workers to toxic materials that interact with smoking. For example, the combined effect of smoking and exposure to asbestos increases cancer risk50-80 times.
  • Tobacco related Health Care costs are 9% of total funds. Heart disease alone accounts for 45% of tobacco-related costs.
  • Tobacco use shortens the life span and diminishes retirement. Our message is: "Don't ruin a good retirement which you have worked hard for. It is never too late to quit tobacco."


How does built work?

  • Through Local Unions--who distribute educational resources to their members and develop model policy language for union settings.
  • Through Health and Welfare Trust Funds - who provide information about the benefits of smoking cessation to members and their families. By helping union members and their families to quit, the Funds help save lives as they save themselves money.
  • Through Joint Apprenticeship Training Committees - who include curriculum about the dangers of combining tobacco and toxic hazards in the Health and Safety training that they offer. The BUILT curriculum, Toxics and Tobacco on the Job, includes an instructors guide that reviews the four stand-alone modules, student guides in English and Spanish, a video -- No Butts About It, and supplements for eight different construction crafts.
  • Through Labor-Management Committees - who develop voluntary work site policies and on-the-job cessation information and programs.

For more information about built
write to [email protected]
or call (916) 443-3302


This information was initially made possible by a Grant funded by the Tobacco Tax Health Protection Act of 1988 - Proposition 99, through the California Department of Health Services (Contract #04-35308). It is currently supported by a contract with Pfizer.