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.

June 1, 2005

Construction work is demanding. It takes concentration and awareness. It’s often difficult to take the time to smoke a cigarette. That’s why so many workers in the building trades chew tobacco. Advertising by chewing tobacco companies now emphasizes that chew is not cigarettes. The cowboys on their bucking broncos want to convince you that chew is "the Solution." If you can’t smoke, chew. They even suggest that chew is better or healthier for you. How healthy is a product that causes oral cancer?

*** More than 30,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year.

*** In 5 years only half of the 30,000 will be alive!

*** More than 8,000 will die this year. That’s one person per hour every 24 hours!

*** Chew tobacco users are 50 times more likely to develop oral cancer than non-users.

Tobacco juice can also cause cancers of the esophagus, larynx, stomach, pancreas and prostate. It also causes high blood pressure, and increased risk for heart disease and heart attacks. Plus chew tobacco users absorb two to three times the amount of addictive nicotine as those who smoke cigarettes. Chew tobacco is not a "Solution," it is a continuation of a deadly addiction that threatens the life of everyone who uses it.

On the job you may be exposed to formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, crotonaldeyde, hydrazine, arsenic, nickel, cadmium, or benzopyrene; all ingredients in chew tobacco. Construction workers are exposed to enough hazards without sticking more between their cheek and gum!

If you have a Chew Tobacco Addiction
That You Want to Beat
Call the California Tobacco Chewer's Helpline

You can quit!

Source: Oral Cancer Foundation