More blue-collar workers than white-collar workers are smokers. They are heavier smokers, start at an earlier age, and are less successful in quitting, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.
Labor unions and anti-smoking groups have formed a new partnership to help blue-collar workers reduce smoking. Led by the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the Consortium on Organized Labor and Tobacco Control (COLT) is being created with a $1.6 million grant from the American Legacy Foundation.
The group will work with unions to conduct research and reduce smoking among lower-wage workers. The first project will be an anti-smoking campaign targeted at young workers, built around union apprentice programs. The Laborers International Union of North America, along with the Building and Construction Trades Council of California, and the Professional Fire Fighters.
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