4008.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000 - Board 10

Abstract #3544

Countering tobacco influences and creating smoke-free environments: Tobacco prevention for construction workers in California

Emil Berkanovic, PhD1, Debra Chaplan, MS2, Amy L. Gluckin, MPH1, and Jamie Klein1. (1) School of Public Health, Technical Assistance Group, University of California, Los Angeles, P.O. Box 951772, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772, (2) State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, 740 Walker Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

Construction workers are among the heaviest smokers in terms of prevalence and per capita consumption of tobacco products. These workers represent approximately six percent of the labor force, but they account for over 15 percent of current tobacco users, and over 20 percent of all tobacco products sold. In response to these figures, the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, through funding from the California Department of Health Services, has instituted a statewide tobacco prevention and cessation program for construction workers and their families. This program aims to provide resources on prevention and cessation of tobacco use; educate union members about the dangers of tobacco and the toxic hazards they are exposed to on the job; promote smoke-free environments at union functions and on the job; show how the tobacco industry has targeted blue collar workers; and counter pro-tobacco influences. Using quantitative and qualitative methods, the evaluation of this program assesses the extent to which beliefs, attitudes and experiences with tobacco use have changed over time. Additionally, changes in organizational policy and capacity to conduct activities aimed at reducing tobacco use are measured. Preliminary results from this study will be discussed.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to identify obstacles and opportunities of working with unions to reduce tobacco use. Participants will also be able to describe key points to consider in the design and implementation of comprehensive tobacco prevention programs for blue-collar workers. Finally, they will be able to assess the possible benefits of tobacco prevention for blue-collar workers

Keywords: Tobacco, Union

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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