WASHINGTONTobacco control groups and organized labor have joined
forces to try to reduce smoking among the nation’s union workers and the
exposure of their families to second-hand smoke. The American Legacy
Foundation, an educational organization created as part of the $246 billion
tobacco settlement, is underwriting the Consortium on Organized Labor and
Tobacco Control (COLT) with a $1.6 million grant.
On average, 36% of craft workers and laborers smoke, compared with 32% of
service workers and 21% of white-collar employees. The percentage of smokers is
higher in certain occupations40% for cooks and truck drivers, 46% for
waiters and waitresses, and 60% for roofers.