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LGBT Tobacco Prevention 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 speaks about smoking in the LGBT community.

For more information about the LGBT Tobacco Prevention Initiative, contact  David Bennett at Covenant House  


Department of Health and Human Resources
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