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June 17, 2010 Posted by | Action Alerts | Enter your password to view comments.

FDA Comments Requested on Tobacco Product Advertising to Youth and Racial/Ethnic Minorities

On June 22, 2009, the President signed the Tobacco Control Act into law.  The Tobacco Control Act grants FDA important new authority to regulate the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health generally and to reduce tobacco use by minors.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is soliciting information, research, and ideas to assist FDA in fulfilling its responsibilities regarding tobacco product advertising and promotion that is designed to appeal to specific racial and ethnic minority populations in the United States.  For the same reasons, we are also interested in receiving information about advertising and promoting menthol and other cigarettes to youth in general, and to youth in minority communities. After reviewing the submitted information, research, and ideas, FDA will be better able to fulfill its responsibilities under The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act).

We are requesting comments that will assist the agency’s development of an action plan regarding enforcement of regulations on advertising and promotion of menthol and other cigarettes to youth generally and to youth in minority communities. FDA is also seeking information that will assist the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee in understanding and developing recommendations regarding the impact of the use of menthol in cigarettes among children, African-Americans, Hispanics, and other racial and ethnic minorities.

Those interested persons can submit electronic or written comments by July 26, 2010 at 11:59 p.m.  Submit electronic comments to under [Docket Number FDA–2010–N–0207] Tobacco Product Advertising and Promotion to Youth and Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations.

For more information contact Kathleen K. Quinn, Center for Tobacco Products, Food and Drug Administration, 9200 Corporate Blvd., Rockville, MD 20850–3229, 240–276–1717, e-mail:


Mary C. Hitch
Senior Policy Advisor
Office of External Relations
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

May 28, 2010 Posted by | Action Alerts, Tobacco Policy | , , , | Leave a comment

Vote to donate 250K to the Truth campaign!

The truth® Campaign Partners with Best Buy @15 Exchange to Give Teens the Power to Direct Dollars to Support Non-Profits

Washington, DC; May 18, 2010 –Today, the truth campaign announced its participation in Best Buy’s @15 Exchange, which allows young people to decide to which non-profits Best Buy donates $250,000. The Best Buy initiative empowers teens to be the drivers of change by giving them the opportunity to direct a total of $1 million of the company’s charitable donations to non-profits through online activities and voting.

Kicking off in May 2010, truth plans to promote the program online with a dynamic presence on, which will engage young people with videos, photos and a viral toolkit to spread the message to other teens. The campaign will also have links to vote on truth pages on social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, MyYearbook, YouTube and Bebo. truth will also encourage young people to register on during its nationwide summer grassroots tour, which typically reaches more than 500,000 young people every summer. The voting period will run from mid- to end of July. 

“The truth campaign is excited to be a part of the @15 Exchange and help put the power of giving in teens’ hands,” said Dr. Cheryl Healton, President and CEO of Legacy. “truth is also about empowering teenagers with knowledge about Big Tobacco and allowing them to make informed choices about smoking.” 

Help the Truth Campaign receiev 250K with a few clicks of your mouse!

@15 is open to all teens, ages 13-18, in the United States. Members of earn @15 Exchange points by participating in activities such as creating a profile, nominating their school for a Teach @15 Award, participating in surveys, or playing games. During the final two weeks of each quarter, teens are invited to donate their points among the four nonprofit organizations. The percentage of the available points each organization earns determines the organization’s percentage of the $250,000 awarded each quarter.

The @15 Exchange was launched in January 2009 as an innovative component of Best Buy’s commitment to elevate the unique voices of teens as important players in public dialogue, one of the core values of the truth campaign.

 To see truth on the @15 Exchange visit


truth, launched in February 2000, is the largest national youth smoking prevention campaign and the only national campaign not directed by the tobacco industry. The campaign exposes the tactics of the tobacco industry, the truth about addiction, and the health effects and social consequences of smoking. truth allows teens to make informed choices about tobacco use by giving them the facts about the industry and its products. The campaign was created by Legacy and its partners, Arnold Worldwide of Boston (2000-present), and Crispin Porter + Bogusky of Miami (2000-2007). 

Best Buy believes in the power of teens, and @15 is a platform to connect with them, give voice to their perspectives – including the energy and talents of Best Buy employees – to turn teens’ ideas into action and support their efforts to lead social change. Teens bring passion and enthusiasm to tackling tough issues. Through the @15 Fund, Best Buy puts the philanthropic power of @15 directly into the hands of teens. To learn more, visit

Summary courtesy of Patricia McLaughlin of the American Legacy Foundation

May 25, 2010 Posted by | Action Alerts | Leave a comment

Iowa conservatives say gay marriage worse than smoking?

Oy, it’s unexpected but true, a group from Iowa has claimed gay marriage is worse for the state than smoking. See the report of this from Iowa’s LGBT advocacy group, OneIowa, here.

Kudos to Butt Out San Francisco for acting fast and posting this great response on the Butt Out blog.  And while you’re reading, why not sign up to follow their blog regularly? Cause good info is definitely hard to find.



March 26, 2010 Posted by | Action Alerts | Leave a comment

Wait! Don’t send your Census form in without this sticker!

NGLTF's Queer the Census Sticker

If you haven’t visited – please do so now to get your free sticker to attach to the census envelope. Because we only get the opportunity to be counted on the census once every decade and if you’re not going to speak up now and ask to be made visible, when will you? So please, please, order your sticker so we can show the world we refuse to be invisible!

The National LGBT Tobacco Control Network is proud to be a sponsor of this project with NGLTF and we’re happy to say this collaboration will mean that they will also use some of the momentum from this project to advocate for LGBT health data! So, whatever you do, please don’t fill out that form before getting the sticker to show we refuse to be invisible. Our health is too valuable to ignore! Our lives are too valuable to ignore!

Order your free sticker now at

March 17, 2010 Posted by | Action Alerts | Leave a comment

Queer The Census Video- We All Count!

The National Gay and Lesbian Task force is off to a great start with their “Queer the Census” campaign .  LGBT people are basically invisible in the census survey, the survey that is supposed to reflect the diversity of America’s population. It helps to allocate $400 billion in federal funds accounting for critical resources and services for our communities!

Check out the cool new video “We All Count!”  how you can help get LGBT communities to be represented!

March 16, 2010 Posted by | Action Alerts | Leave a comment

Queer the Census campaign launches!

Queer the Census, my clothing, everything!

Data, data, data! As a researcher I’m saying this lots, we need data! We need LGBT folk to be counted because every time we are invisible, we miss out on resources, funding, research, services. And for a data wonk, the next few months are really exciting. Because in about a month the once every 10 years census forms will hit our houses. Do they count us? NO. (OK, they will count same sex households, and that’s good, but it’s still like trying to count the number of people by seeing how many shirts are in the laundry, not wholly wrong, but not super precise either.) So I love the brainstorm an old friend had one day, why not slap stickers on our census envelopes with the type of question we’d like to see added? Luckily this friend was the head of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute and so she was able to make that brilliant idea into a full fledged census data campaign; Queer the Census! See their amazing petition, stickers and more here. And whatever happens, be sure to get your sticker so you can fill out your census, then tell them which question was missing!

The Network for LGBT Tobacco Control is very proud to be funding an organizer for this campaign so some of its energy can be turned towards health. Watch for more on that soon, but for now, let’s tell them we need to be counted!


Director, Network for LGBT Tobacco Control
A proud project of The Fenway Institute
Boston, MA

February 8, 2010 Posted by | Action Alerts | Leave a comment

Action Alert- Deadline extended to say “Don’t leave us out!” of nat’l health equity plan

February 12th update – The website shows the time for submitting comments has been extended to Tuesday Feb. 16th. Please circulate this Action Alert widely for one last push!

The National Partnership for Action has released a draft  proposal on Achieving Health Equity, and wants public comments on the document. Initiated by the Office of Minority Health the National Plan for Action Changing Outcomes lays the foundation for addressing health disparities for affected populations in HHS. Per the plan: “Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater social and/or economic obstacles to health and/or a clean environment based on their racial or ethnic group, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, mental health, cognitive, sensory or physical disability, sexual orientation, geographic location, or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.”

Unfortunately, in the 200+ page plan, gender identity is not mentioned at all, and sexual orientation is only mentioned once in the definition above (p.2), and once again in an appendix (p.171). In comparison, other disparity groups are mentioned almost 100 times each.

Please tell them not to make the diverse and rich LGBT communities just a footnote in this major disparity plan!

Comments on the draft plan are being accepted via email until February 12, 2010.

Please take a moment to email and say…

“LGBT health disparities are too important to ignore. Please add LGBT communities into the relevant parts of this key health plan.”

Learn more and comment here.

Please pass the word along! Shortlink is:

February 5, 2010 Posted by | Action Alerts | 1 Comment

Call For Action: Let Our Inequalities Be Heard!

Are you sick and tired of having our health inequalities not be represented?

Well…you now have a chance to raise your voice and speak out!

Institute of Medicine is doing a report on LGBT health. This is uhhhmazing. If you’re not familiar with them… that’s like dipping some doctors and scientists in gold, and then publishing what they find out as a book. Let’s just say – this will bring unheralded national focus on the full range of LGBT health disparities. See the details about it to learn more.

So, it’s great they are doing the report,  but after publishing the list of study panel nominees, the panel appears to be quite low on internal expertise regarding LGBT of color, trans people, and bisexuals.

This is where you come in!

ACT NOW and comment ! There are ONLY 5 days left to ask for more leadership expertise on these key underserved populations! We must make sure that  no group is left behind in this landmark study.

Please copy us on all comments, and feel free to pass along!

Our communities’ voices must be heard!!!

January 26, 2010 Posted by | Action Alerts | Leave a comment