Study Overview:

The Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine has been funded by the National Cancer Institute to design and evaluate a worksite-based culturally-tailored, smoking cessation intervention targeting 126 Hispanic construction workers.

In the United States, about 20% of working adults smoke cigarettes, however there are almost twice that number of adult smokers in the construction industry (38%). 

Minority construction workers, particularly Hispanic workers, have higher smoking and lower cessation rates compared to other workers, and there is little research available on effective smoking cessation programs.

We expect the results of this research study to help researchers and construction industry stakeholders about effective smoking cessation strategies for Hispanic construction workers.

What do we need:

We are looking for construction companies in South Florida who can provide access to construction workers interested in quitting smoking.  

Working with your safety director and/or project management, our research team will interview and survey your construction workers during the worksite breaks or before/after the work day in order to minimize disruption at the jobsite and the workers job tasks.

Data collection/ intervention process:

We will ask smokers if they are interested in quitting smoking and want to participate in our intervention. We will speak to the worker for 20 minutes and ask them to complete a 10-minute survey. We will collect a saliva sample as well to test for smoking status.    

The participation of the workers is voluntary, data collected from this study will be used for research purposes only. Workers will be told that their responses to the survey will not be shared with other workers, site management or project ownership.

Worker benefits:

Workers will receive a free smoking cessation intervention that will include access to 6 weeks to nicotine replacement therapy (patches or gum) that have been shown to help smokers quit.

Workers will receive $50 for their participation in the study.  

What we ask of you: 

Link our research team with a construction site and Safety Manager to collect the data for this study.

The ideal site would have a lot of Hispanic smokers that can benefit from this novel intervention.

Ideal Construction Site Specifications:

Ongoing Construction Dates: Active South Florida residential construction sites, now through December 2017

Site location: Within Miami-Dade County preferred, but can travel to more distant sites if necessary.

Study Contacts:
Dr. Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, Co-Investigator, acaban@med.miami.edu, 305-401-4150
Dr. Taghrid Asfar, Co-Investigator, tasfar@med.miami.edu, 305-243-3826
Danielle Sierra, Research assistant, d.sierra@med.miami.edu, 305-243-4359
Estefania Ruano H., Research assistant, ecr73@med.miami.edu, 305-747-5885    


Please complete the form below if you and your company are interested in participating. Thank you!