To counter high prevalence rates of tobacco use among the LGBT community, awareness and culturally relevant anti-smoking messages and intervention services must be initiated. The Gay American Smoke Out is an easy, low-cost project to adopt.
The Gay American Smoke Out is an opportunity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) individuals to challenge themselves to quit smoking. It is also an opportunity for organizations to provide resources for quitting and host fun events to raise awareness about tobacco use.
History of the Gay American Smoke Out
The Gay American Smoke Out was first introduced in 1994 by the Billy DeFrank Lesbian and Gay Community Center. Typically held on the 3rd Thursday in November, The "Gay American Smoke Out" was created to coincide with the American Cancer Society's "Great American Smokeout".
A FREE LGBT Internet-based Smoking Cessation Study.
||The LGBT community has the highest rate of smoking than any other minority population.
NY Times, 1999
Project S.C.U.M. How a tobacco company targeted the gay and homeless communities.