Encouraging tobacco cessation is one of the LHSFNA’s important health promotion endeavors. Although many LIUNA members have successfully kicked the habit, it is estimated that approximately 30 percent are still smoking or using tobacco products.
In 29 messages since 1964, U.S. Surgeon Generals have identified tobacco use as the single most avoidable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States. However, while the number of American smokers has recently dropped below 20 percent for the first time, the rate among Laborers remains high.
Tobacco is addictive, and breaking the habit is difficult. But the benefits are substantial.
- Health improves and life expectancy lengthens.
- Secondhand smoke impacts are eliminated.
- Children observe a positive adult role model.
- Quitters save substantial tobacco expense.
Moreover, LIUNA’s health and welfare funds also save, particularly through reduced tobacco-related claims for heart disease, hypertension and cancers.
Over the years, the Fund has produced almost two dozen brochures and posters that target tobacco’s dangers while urging Laborers to quit the habit. Now, to assist instructors in providing the most accurate and influential information available for LIUNA members, the Fund’s Health Promotion Division has published a 55-page manual, the Laborers’ Guide to Tobacco. Complete with statistics, charts, fact sheets, cessation tips and classroom aids, the manual brings all of the Fund’s tobacco-related resources together in one package. Instructor and participant versions are available.
Order online or call 202-628-5465.