• Tobacco companies target LGBTQ+ populations.¹

  • Homophobia and discrimination create minority stress in LGBTQ+ people.²

  • Stress, trauma, and isolation contribute to higher tobacco use.³

  • LGBTQ+ people smoke at nearly twice the rate of heterosexual people.⁴

  • Higher tobacco use leads to higher health burden on LGBTQ+ people.⁵

  • LGBTQ+ people are resilent. Fierce Pride works to improve LGBTQ+ health by supporting community connectedness and reducing oppression.⁶

Citations:

¹ Washington, Harriet. Burning Love: Big Tobacco takes Aim at LGBT Youth. Love https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3222279/

² Kelleher, Cathy. Minority stress and health: implications for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09515070903334995

³ Center for Disease Control. Burden of Tobacco Use. https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/resources/data/cigarette-smoking-in-united-states.html

⁴ State of New Mexico Department of Health. Health Inequities by Sexual Orientation in NM. http://nmtupac.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Health-Inequities-by-Sexual-Orientation-among-New-Mexican-Adults-2011-2014_062317.pdf

Center for Disease Control. Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking. https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/effects_cig_smoking/index.htm

⁶ Fierce Pride, New Mexico’s LGBTQ+ health advocacy organization. www.fiercepride.org