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.


Website for December 2004

A Holiday Present

It takes time to build a project. From the idea to the planning to the actual construction and completion is a complex process. So it is with tobacco addiction, it doesn't happen overnight. That's why quitting can be a frighteningly complex maze with one crisis after another is a fantastic website aimed at long-term smokers but with tons of information and fun for everyone.

This wonderful website has two main parts. First is A Smoker's Home Companion, a "journey through the labyrinth of cigarette smoking." The journey winds through historical documents, tobacco advertising, puzzles, instruction, philosophy, literature, cartoons, biology, humor and just straight talk to discover how pervasive our own (and our society's) addiction to tobacco is. Along the way we learn about warning labels, health effects, those who have gone before, reasons to quit, ways to quit, and how to handle those cravings. With lots of visuals and links each person's journey through will be different.

If the first part of the website is the practical Holiday present then the second part, Cigopolis, is the candy. Discover the weird world of tobacco and addiction. Wander through the maze of advertising. Walk the streets of Cigopolis and experience the smoke and mirrors of Big Tobacco's deception. Finally, join Old Joe Camel in a game of Cigopoly! Yes, it's actually a game based on Monopoly where you can pick a token, roll the dice and move around the board. But there is no way to win. The only escape is to quit. is a magnificent treat. "Please enter, before it's too late."