Panel: Why LGBT People Smoke So Much—& What Can Be Done About It
December 4, 2012 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
HRC is proud to join the American Legacy Foundation for a roundtable discussion of LGBT tobacco use, followed by a reception. The event marks the release of the new Legacy report Tobacco Control in LGBT Communities.
"Tobacco use is an absolutely critical health issue for LGBT people," says HRC Health & Aging Director Shane Snowdon. "We are very happy to join Legacy and other groups in encouraging thoughtful, self-caring discussion about why we smoke so much and, even more important, how we can move away from smoking, individually and collectively."
According to the American Journal of Public Health, LGBT people smoke cigarettes at rates that are nearly 70 percent higher than the general population. This degree of tobacco use has a huge impact on LGBT communities, including illness and premature death.
The report also highlights successful grassroots efforts around the country that have reduced LGBT smoking, and the roundtable discussion will include representatives of successful LGBT anti-smoking initiatives.
To join HRC and American Legacy Foundation for the roundtable discussion and reception, register today, or tune in for the webcast here.
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