LGBT Smoke-Free

Tobacco use is among the greatest health challenges facing the LGBTQ+ community and is the leading cause of death in the LGBTQ+ community. As a stigmatized community, LGBTQ+ people have been more vulnerable to targeted marketing. LGBTQ+ tobacco use rates are 40% higher than the general population, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are less likely to be aware of or intend to use smoking Quitlines. Adopting a smoke-free policy disrupts the long history of the tobacco industry targeting the LGBTQ+ community through magazine ads, as well as sponsoring pride festivals and LGBTQ+ nights at bars. Distributing tobacco prevention and cessation resources at pride events also addresses a historically limited access to these health services. 

In the 2018 Lehigh Valley LGBT Health Needs Assessment, overall LGBTQ+ respondents (n=4,679) report higher current smoking than the general population, smoking reports are even higher among transgender and gender non-conforming respondents (36.9%) than among cisgender males (28.8%) and cisgender females (28.1%). According to the 2020 Lehigh Valley LGBTQ Health Needs Assessment, overall LGBTQ+ respondents (n= 6,582) report up to 34.2% of tobacco users identify as transgender, non-binary, or genderqueer, 32.5% bisexual and pansexual, and 37.0% LGBTQ+ people of color (POC). 

Direct Outreach for Tobacco Prevention:

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center conducts direct outreach to encourage tobacco prevention and supports LGBTQ+ smoke-free spaces to reduce the social pressure to smoke in our community spaces. We offer free tobacco prevention workshops to schools, colleges, and community organizations in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Schuylkill counties.

Promoting Tobacco Cessation:

In response to the high rates of tobacco consumption in the LGBTQ+ community, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is creating awareness of the prevalence of the use of tobacco products within the LGBTQ+ community, and encourages support through the PA Free Quitline, which provides no-cost nicotine replacement therapy and professional coaches to help current smokers quit. More information is available at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or PA.QUITLOGIX.ORG

To promote tobacco cessation at the community level, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center partners with worksites throughout the region to adopt or strengthen tobacco-free policies that protect their customers and employees from the hazards of secondhand smoke.

Take Pride in Clean Air Partners: Abilities in Motion in Reading - All Souls Church in Reading - Allentown Women's Center in Bethlehem - Bethany Children's Home in Womelsdorf - Boehm's UCC in Blue Bell - Brandywine Community Library - Butterhead Kitchen - Cafe the Lodge - Calvary UCC in Reading - Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley - Chimayo Gallery in Perkasie - Civic Theatre of Allentown - Community Bike Works in Allentown - Crooked Row Farm in Orefield - Domaci in Bethlehem - Emmaus Public Library - Family Promise Berks County in Allentown - H & L Psychological Services, LLC - Imago Dei MCC in Glen Mills - Kutztown Community Library in Kutztown - La Vida Cafe - Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition - Lehigh Valley Zoo in Schnecksville - Neighborhood Health Centers of Lehigh Valley in Allentown - Planned Parenthood Keystone in Warminster - Pratyush Sinya Foundation - Radish Republic in Allentown - Space Time Mead & Cider Works - St. John's UCC in Easton - Sterner's Stems in Allentown -  The LGBT Center of Greater Reading - The Wicked Botanist in Bethlehem - ThreeBirds Coffee House in Easton - TriVersity Center for Gender & Sexual Diversity in Milford - United Friends School in Quakertown - Up-RYES Bagels & Deli - Valley Prep - Working Dog Press  

Smoke-Free Prides Initiative:

Smoke-free pride events are part of changing the LGBTQ+ cultural landscape so that people know that smoking and being LGBTQ+ don't go hand-in-hand. According to peer-reviewed research published in 2017 in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, smoke-free policies at pride celebrations have led to several positive health outcomes, including the reduction of LGBTQ+ tobacco consumption disparities. As part of our effort to reduce the social pressure to smoke in LGBT spaces, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center supports, promotes, and sponsors pride celebrations in Pennsylvania to be smoke-free events since 2015. 

Tobacco-Free Pride Celebrations in Pennsylvania: Chester County Pride - Doylestown Pride - Erie Pride - Franklin County Pride - Juneteenth Pride Family Picnic - Lancaster Pride - Lehigh Valley Pride - LyComing Out Day Festival - Milford Pride Picnic - New Hope Pride - NEPA Pride - Perkasie Pride Family Festival - Philly Black Pride - Pittsburgh People’s Pride - Pride Festival Of Central PA - Pride Picnic at Knoebels Grove - Readings Pride - Upper Darby Pride - York County Pride


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