IMPORTANT NOTICE

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):  www.tobaccofreecatalog.org  (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.



QUITTING TOBACCO -- The Next Step

 

 

Employer's Toolbox for Building A Cessation Program

The California Labor Code requires all indoor worksites to be smoke-free. Increasing numbers of outdoor worksites are also going smoke-free for a variety of reasons. Refineries have always enforced smoking restrictions, but now some school districts, hospitals, and construction projects in high-fire areas are also becoming smoke-free, both indoors and outdoors.

If a worker who smokes goes to a non-smoking worksite, he or she has two choices: start chewing tobacco to satisfy the cravings or quit, at least during working hours. Since chewing is also addictive and can lead to serious health problems, quitting is clearly a better option -- for the worker and his or her family, for the employer, and for the Health and Welfare Trust Fund.

The purpose of this guide is to help construction employers establish worksite tobacco cessation programs that will benefit your employees and your own bottom line.

Why are cessation programs good business?

What should a cessation program include?

What companies do this successfully?

What options are available for your worksite?

This easy-to-use booklet addresses these questions and provides resources for large and small businesses.