Tobacco use is among the greatest health challenges facing the LGBT community. According to the 2015 Lehigh Valley LGBT Health Needs Assessment, 37% of the entire LGBT community and 48% of the transgender community in the Lehigh Valley consumes tobacco (compared to 20-24% of the general population.) Nationally, LGBT people smoke at rates over 50% higher than non-LGBT people.
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center encourages smoke-free living (#LGBTSmokeFree) so our community can enjoy living proudly and living longer.
Smoke-Free Pride Celebrations:
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 LGBT 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, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center has partnered with pride celebrations to be smoke-free events. In 2018, we have sponsored pride celebrations in Allentown, New Hope, Reading, Lancaster, Chester County, Harrisburg, Elysburg, Milford, Scranton, and York to be entirely smoke-free events.
Direct Outreach for Tobacco Prevention:
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center conducts direct outreach to encourage tobacco prevention and supports LGBT smoke-free space to reduce the social pressure to smoke in our community spaces. We offer free tobacco prevention workshops to LGBT organizations in Schuylkill, Berks and Bucks Counties. For more information or to request a free tobacco prevention workshop, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Promoting Tobacco Cessation:
In response to the high rates of tobacco consumption in the LGBT community, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is creating awareness of the prevalence of the use of tobacco products within the LGBT 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.
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