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 third Thursday of November, each year, is your chance to take a break from tobacco - for one day, or forever. The Great American Smoke-out (GAS) is the day the American Cancer Society promotes as a way to encourage smokers to give up tobacco. More Americans try to quit smoking on the day of the Great American Smoke-out than any other day.

It all began in 1971 when citizens of Randolph, Massachusetts gave up cigarettes for a day, donating the money they saved to a high school scholarship fund. By 1976, nearly 1 million of California's 5 million smokers took part in the Smoke-out and quit for the day. The Great American Smoke-out has become an annual event that has helped millions of Americans prove they can quit for a day - or even for a lifetime.

q In 1999, 21% of smokers (approximately 10,080,000 people) reported they participated in Great American Smoke-out activities.

q 1-5 days later 6% reported they were smoking less or not at all.

q That means that more than 604,800 adults began to lead a smoke-free, healthier life as a direct result of the Great American Smoke-out. It works!

Note to all Locals: Over 70% of smokers want to quit. Help your members by promoting the GAS. Here's how: promote the Great America Smoke-out on your websites and in your November newsletter. Call 1-800-ACS-2345 for information to distribute at union meetings and on job sites.

Sources: American Cancer Society, The Epsilon Group, Inc.