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.



September 1, 2005

More than 31% of California construction workers smoke so the cost of disease and death caused by tobacco has a large impact on your Health and Welfare Fund. Tobacco also affects non-smokers because secondhand smoke causes disease and death. A recent study sponsored by life insurance companies showed that the price tag for secondhand smoke is nearly $10 billion per year!

Direct medical costs for diseases caused by secondhand smoke total nearly $5 billion:

*** Cancer: $205 million
*** Respiratory problems: over $2 billion
*** Heart disease: nearly $2.5 billion
*** Birth problems $284 million

The economic impact of lost wages and benefits total more than $4.6 billion and include:

*** Cancer: $579 million
*** Respiratory problems: over $1 billion
*** Heart disease: over $2.7 billion

The good news is that smoke-free worksites and homes reduce the impact of secondhand smoke. The medical costs for smokers is estimated at $150 billion, so while the expense of secondhand smoke is much less, it's still a substantial burden in dollars and human suffering.

If you smoke you aren't just hurting yourself. If you can't quit, protect those around you. If you want to quit call the California Smokers Helpline at 1-800-NO-BUTTS. You can do it!

Source: Society of Actuaries, News Release, August 17, 2005