The rate of smoking among blue-collar workers is higher compared to white-collar workers and creates large disparities in health, prevalence of chronic disease, and health care costs. In response to requests from Taft-Hartley fund administrators, consultants, and attorneys for user-friendly information about best practices for providing and promoting cessation benefits, WorkSHIFTS developed the Tobacco Cessation Toolkit for Taft-Hartley Funds in collaboration with union leaders and public health researchers.
The toolkit is divided into eight sections that capture key facts about tobacco use and cessation as they pertain to blue-collar workers and Taft-Hartley Funds.
The fact sheets are designed to be used as stand-alone documents or in combination with some, or all, of the other fact sheets, depending on your needs.
To view the toolkit in its entirety, click here.
To view each fact sheet individually, select from the list below:
Section 1: When it comes to smoking, are there disparities among occupational group or industries? Despite declining rates of tobacco use, some workforce populations are disproportionately affected. This section contains two fact sheets with data about disparities in tobacco use, cessation and health risks among blue-collar workers.
Section 2: How harmful is smoking to health? The health consequences of tobacco use are widely documented. The four fact sheets in this section summarize the role smoking plays in health and the major health consequences related to tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Smoking and Health
- Diseases and Conditions Related to Smoking
- Reproductive Health, Pregnancy and Smoking
- Secondhand Smoke
Section 3: Are smokeless and other tobacco products harmful? Smokeless tobacco and other tobacco products are often overlooked by employers and businesses when they explore opportunities to address tobacco use. The two fact sheets in this section provide information about smokeless tobacco and other tobacco products and their related health effects.
Section 4: What is the value of prevention and quitting? Tobacco use costs the United States health care system and employers millions of dollars. Despite these significant costs, employers often express concern about the cost of implementing prevention and cessation programs. This WorkSHIFTS fact sheet responds to this concern by presenting key facts about the cost of tobacco, cessation benefits and prevention.
Section 5: What strategies are effective for quitting smoking? Quitting smoking is challenging and usually requires repeated attempts. These three fact sheets provide facts and information about tobacco and addiction, and effective cessation strategies.
- Nicotine Dependence, Relapse and Quitting Smoking
- An Overview of Tobacco Cessation Medications
- An Overview of Tobacco Cessation Counseling
Section 6: What can Taft-Hartley Health and Welfare Funds do to improve the ability of workers, retirees and dependents to quit successfully? In this section, WorkSHIFTS includes seven fact sheets with concrete steps that can be taken to implement, promote and evaluate a cessation benefit.
- Cessation Benefit Analysis
- Benefit Promotion Tool #1: Creating Effective Health Messages
- Benefit Promotion Tool #2: Behavioral Principles Underlying Effective Cessation Messages
- Benefit Promotion Tool #3: Example of a 6- or 12- Month Promotional Campaign
- Benefit Promotion Tool #4: Checklist for Monitoring a Plan for a Promotional Campaign
- Best Practices for Wellness Programs
- Evaluating a Fund’s Wellness Program
Section 7: What is the role of health reform in tobacco cessation, disease prevention and health promotion? Healthcare has evolved to include not only treating disease, but also preventing disease and promoting healthier lifestyles, including tobacco cessation. This fact sheet highlights some of the prevention initiatives included in the Affordable Care Act.
Section 8: How can I learn more? This fact sheet lists a variety of resources on blue-collar workers and tobacco, and strategies for implementing tobacco cessation benefits, policies, and wellness programs.