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Tobacco use has declined in the U.S. and Canada but remains high among construction workers. The latest national survey data showed that 34 percent of construction workers use some form of tobacco product compared to 22 percent of all adults. Almost a quarter of construction workers are cigarette smokers, with 7.5 percent of workers using two or more types of tobacco products.

Impact of Tobacco Use

Tobacco harms nearly every organ of the body and reduces overall health in many ways. Tobacco use can result in serious diseases and health problems, including cancer, heart disease, lung disease, reproductive complications and vision problems. Tobacco is responsible for one of every three cancer deaths in the U.S. and Canada.

Exposure to secondhand and thirdhand smoke can lead to serious health problems for non-smokers, even in people who otherwise take excellent care of themselves. Secondhand and thirdhand smoke can cause heart disease, lung cancer and respiratory problems in adults and health problems in infants and children.

Addressing Tobacco Use

Helping people quit tobacco use can improve their health and the health of their loved ones, friends and co-workers. Efforts to address tobacco use are taking place at the federal, state and local level. The Fund addresses tobacco use through a variety of programs and materials designed to promote quitting tobacco among adults and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke.

Fund Resources & Services
  • Use the Recent Articles or All Related Articles tabs above to view Lifelines articles on this topic or browse our tobacco publications. 
  • Tobacco-Free Worksite Policy. The LHSFNA Guide to the Development and Implementation of a Tobacco-Free Worksite Policy is designed to fit various work environments and the joint needs of signatory contractors and members. The Fund can also review existing tobacco-free worksite policies or assist with developing a policy.
  • Tobacco Cessation Programs. The LHSFNA can assist LIUNA affiliates with locating tobacco cessation programs and resources at the state and local level. These may be available through hospitals, health departments or local chapters of national organizations, such as the American Lung Association.
  • Quit Tobacco Kits. Kits contain educational materials, quitting tips, recommended smartphone apps and nationally recognized text messaging programs to help members quit tobacco products. Order Quit Tobacco Kits.
  • Health and Welfare Fund Assistance. The LHSFNA assists LIUNA health and welfare funds with incorporating tobacco cessation programs into benefit offerings. Examples include tobacco cessation classes, nicotine replacement therapy and a nurse line to assist members with questions and direct them to available community programs.
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