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LGBTQ+ Tobacco Cessation

LGBTQ+ Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Initiative

According to data from researchers in West Virginia University's School of Public Health and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health's Division of Tobacco Prevention, nearly 41 percent of people in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community smoke, compared to 23.9 percent of the state's general population. While research has not determined a reason for the higher rates, tobacco advertising and stressors play a role. Stressors, including bullying and homophobia, can drive people to smoke. Smoking is about stress, and without being comfortable to talk about stressors, including societal pressures related to sexual orientation, a person isn't likely to successfully quit smoking.

Dr. Scout, worldwide advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, speaks about smoking in the LGBT community.

Also access a PowerPoint presention from Dr. Scout regarding Reaching & Engaging LGBTQ+ Communities in Tobacco Control

Take Pride in Your Health. A CDC sponsored website for the LGBTQ+ population.

Research that Matters:  The Impact of Stigma and Discrimination Against LGBT People in West Virginia, February 2021.

For more information about the LGBT Tobacco Prevention Initiative, click here.

Contact Kay Albright at Covenant House kabright@wvcovenanthouse.org.

LGBTQ+ Resources to Download for Your Use. Informational Rack Card Page One. Informational Rack Card Page Two.

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