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.

September 2000

A recent study conducted at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, showed that, compared with non-smokers, cigar smokers have:

Ø 27% higher risk of heart disease.

Ø 45% higher risk of lung disease (including emphysema and chronic bronchitis).

Ø Twice the risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, and lung.

Some cigar smokers were found to face a risk of mouth and throat cancer nearly 8 times that of similar non-smokers.

None of the men in the study had ever smoked cigarettes. 76% of the cigar smokers smoked 5 or fewer cigars in a day.

Source: American Council on Science and Health, June 11, 1999