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June 25, 2010 Posted by | Action Alerts, Tobacco Policy, Uncategorized | , , | Enter your password to view comments.

Tobacco Trends in Next Five Years

by Scout
Director, National LGBT Tobacco Control Network

Examples of the 17% of cigs that don't have appropriate tax labels.

Hey y’all, we’re at the closing plenary of the CDC tobacco conference listening to Dr. Andrew Highland give an update of tobacco trends over the next five years. Let me try to match this guys speedtalking with some speednotetaking, ok? (and mucho gracias to him for the visuals in this post).

Tobacco Trends in Next Five Years

  1. More taxes! Currently my tiny home state, lil Rhody, leads the country in cig taxes with a lovely $3.46/pack tax. But… seems like we’re behind the world on average and sincethey’ve found this is one of themost effective tools to help motivate folk to quit, we’re gonna see more and more. Now if they’d just also use the money for cessation, or even just public health bans.
  2. More tax evasion and illegal cigarette commerce. Interesting concept, eh? The speaker gave the example that if he took the rear seats out of his minivan then loaded it with cigarettes from a tax free state then took them to NY, he’d clear about $25k in one run. And as he noted, the penalties are relatively minor. In fact, in a recent study they found that 17% of a representative sample of submitted cigarette packs didn’t have their appropriate tax stamps.
  3. More clean indoor air policies – again to reiterate the main point of the recent Institute of Medicine report, passing a good clean indoor air policy alone can disappear 1/5 of the heart attacks in the region. This is big, and how big it is is relatively new news to the health arena, so look for more work to get these strong policies passed everywhere.
  4. More comprehensive tobacco programs. We know they work, one example was in the 1st 15 yrs of CA tobacco control (ack, he changed the slide, what were those numbers??),

    Example of a store before and after retail ad ban.

    it cost oh (trying ot remember) about $11B and saved about $86B. (<- don’t quote me on that, but the proportions are close, and were those really Bs? Not Ms? I think so.)

  5. Quitting? Quitlines are cost effective, but most folk quit unaided. We should encourage quit attempts, reduce social acceptability of smoking, and focus on clean air policies. Pricing and clean indoor air policies are by far the most cost effective of all cessation activities.
  6. Youth smoking? Little evidence that school based education alone is effective. Little evidence that youth restrictions alone are effective. Policy changes affect youth too, in fact youth are more price sensitive than adults so we should really focus on this tool.
  7. FDA? Light and mild being banned this month. New labels coming in this month. They will also be ramping up enforcement all across the country. But… states can and still should be doing old-fashioned tobacco control. Limiting tobacco outlets and tobacco advertising is still a wide field of opportunity.
  8. What does this all mean for state tobacco control programs? Each state should have clean air, high prices, and a comprehensive program. But after that, there’s a lot of room to get creative. States can limit number of tobacco outlets; limit where ads are placed in a retail setting; and eliminate buy-one-get-one-free offers – these steps may really curb smoking. But, get your warchest in order because there will be legal challenges from you know who.

    Example of how the tobacco companies will convey "Light" cigs without using the newly banned word.

    (<-maybe some of the taxes should be set aside for the legal challenges.) What does the industry think of retail ad bans? Precedent from out of the U.S. shows they will counter with “research” showing ad bans promote organized crime and black market sales. (ask me for the link to the website they’ve created about this “research”, I’d prefer not to put it here.)

Some odd notes

  • On the coming ban on “Light” and “Mild” labeling. The industry is likely to replace the wording with things like “Ultra Smooth” or, in something that’s been shown to be effective, change their box colors so the lighter colors indicate the former “Light” cigarettes.
  • Check out “Urban Wave” on youtube or FB to see some examples of how the industry is creating ‘stealth’ marketing opportunities.

Conclusion

  • We’ve gotta think BIG! We still have 430k tobacco deaths/yr. We know lots of what works; high prices, clean air, and comprehensive programs all work! If you’ve got all that, explore the creative options beyond that. Look at this as an investment in your future, the payoff can be very large in terms of lives and cost-savings, and the faster you do it, the faster the payoff begins.

June 10, 2010 Posted by | CPPW | , , | 1 Comment

Nutrition, physical activity & tobacco? Bring it on!

DNPAO

Using the bike to draw the interest of the diet and nutrition folk!

by Scout

Network Director

Doctuh Scout looking ever so "cool" at the CDC conference.

CDC’s Wellness Conference + hotmath

This is it folk, the first time ever CDC has convened not just the state tobacco control staff from around the country, but our new partners in the latest greatest health mashup, the nutrition and exercise folk too! So it seems like hot new math for health folk is the following.

Tobacco + Exercise + Nutrition = Wellness!!!

And of course ya really wanna understand the new math for health folk at a national and local level, it seems like maybe I should correct it to be the following.

(Tobacco + Exercise + Nutrition)policy = Wellness policy

Yup, it’s all about policy these days. Why? Well, after some great charts this morning (which I should write more about later) it seems to boil down like this… policy changes health behaviors in a way that all the good information in the world can’t seem to affect. Ok, take it even further, money appears to change health behavior in a way good information and intentions can’t. How? Well, for example we see that smoking rates are incredibly affected by taxes on cigarettes. One of the new things you might see coming to you soon are policy campaigns to add similar taxes to SSBs. Uh… what are they? Sugar Sweetened Beverages. Seems like folk are getting a crazy amount of their calories from SSBs, and so taking lessons from the tobacco arena, public health folk are starting to push excise taxes for SSBs. While it seems like a small bit of the overall obesity epidemic, apparently SSBs are a pretty large lever to create some change.

DNPAO? Worst acronym ever!

But I gotta say one thing, the nutrition and exercise folks need some acronym help! DNPAO <- what in the world does that mean? Wait wait… people tell me it’s Diet Nutrition Physical Activity Obesity. Oh yah that rolls off the tongue. But then, being part of the LGBTQQIA block, um, I guess I can’t really be the one to register the complaint.

Working on Wellness? We want you too!

With Healthcare Reform and this recent $650M of state stimulus money on Wellness the feds put out, the emphasis on Wellness is only going to increase in the coming years. Which as public health folk, I’m sure we all will love. Face it, there’s something comforting about working on a prevention-based model, instead of our usual uh-oh-look-what-kinda-disasterous-effects-years-of bad-health-creates model. (<- I believe that’s its formal name) But – there’s no LGBT network for wellness (yet!). So… we really wanna link up these wellness folk too and help connect them with the LGBT experts like we do for tobacco. You can see the picture up there of the sign I just tacked on my bike that this conference, me shamelessly using the bike to try to get the attention of the state Wellness policymakers here. Cause come on everyone, this $650M of Wellness money alone means there’s big new projects in every single state, and we definitely want these folk to be including LGBT outreach and programs in those projects. I mean, especially if it’s all about policy these days, don’t tell me LGBTs don’t have deep policy inroads in every single state. (can you say civil rights battles?)

And hurry up already!

Ya know. I’m thinking about this new nutrition, exercise, and tobacco mix, and I’m thinking hmmmm… I’m the Director of the Network for LGBT Tobacco Control, and I’ve worked hard to get myself a kit where I can take my folding bike everywhere I go. Take it off the luggage carousel, take it outta the bag, put the bag on back and roll right away from the airport. Why? Well, main reason I usually give is that it’s near impossible to eat in hotels. As a vegetarian, you put me in a hotel and I’m stuck with white pasta and salads until I can get free and go get my own food. Of course, I also love my biking, it makes me happy. (don’t even ask me how many bikes I have). But so… let’s see, healthy eating, exercise and tobacco all rolled into one ball? Like maybe I could go to a meeting, get some vegetarian food at the hotel, find a bike lane on the street, and have it be in a tobacco-free city? Yes siree, let’s hurry up and get this work integrated everywhere! It’s a natural fit, and I’ve been waiting a long time for it.

June 8, 2010 Posted by | CPPW, NatNet, Tobacco Policy | , , , | Leave a comment

Network to Present @ Getting the e-Word OUT: Using Social Media to Reach LGBT Communities

Getting The e-Word OUT
Using Social Media To Reach The LGBT Community
Monday February 8, 2010   2:00 – 5:00 PM
Chicago Department of Health
333 South State Street, 2nd Floor Boardroom, Chicago, IL 60626

Facebook •  Twitter •  Myspace •  Youtube •  Ning •  Blog •  Tweet

Social Media is all the talk these days…could it improve your program?

Getting the e-Word OUT symposium will help agencies and organizations serving the LGBT communty understand how to plan, staff and fund social media tools for programs. Not a technical discussion, but a symposium on how organizations can get results using social media.
Individuals with technical skills will improve their business planning skills, those with no technical skills will find out what skills they will need to recruit.

Who Should Attend?

  • Program Managers
  • Agency directors
  • Study coordinators
  • Public information staff
  • LGBT community organizations
  • Interested community members

What the Symposium Will Cover:

  • How do you plan for and implement a social media component in a program?
  • What about outside talent? What about costs?
  • Is there a difference between the tools?
  • What media do my clients subscribe to?
  • What have others done?

Featured Presenters:

  • Gustavo Torrez, Program Manager, National LGBT Tobacco Control Network
  • Gordon Mayer, Vice President, Community Media Workshop, Columbia College
  • Christine Cupaiuolo, Social Media Consultant
  • Lovette Ajayi, The Red Pump Project for HIV Awareness
  • Jim Pickett, Director of Advocacy AIDS Foundation of Chicago & founder of LifeLube site/blog for Gay Men’s Health
  • Simone Koehlinger, Director, Office of LGBT Health, Chicago Department of Public Health

Symposium :

The symposium begins with a panel discussion on best strategies to develop social media components for programs followed by actual case study presentations. Attendees then get to participate – asking questions, talking about their experiences and discussing the information presented.

For those who always thought they ought to be in pictures, know that the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network will video tape the entire symposium for netcast as part of the Network’s soon to be released national training program on social media. So be sure to dress for stardom!

Agenda:

  • 1:30 – Registration Opens
  • 2:00 – 2:20 PM Introductions & Welcome – Pamela McCann
  • 2:20 – 2:35 Keynote Address – Gustavo Torrez, Program Manager, National LGBT Tobacco Control Network
  • 2:30 – 3:30 PM Panel Presentation on Social Media Tools and Strategies, moderated by Gordon Mayer
  • 3:30 – 4:00 PM Case Studies:
    ~Strategies for a Nation-wide Smoking Cessation Initiative – Gustavo Torrez
    ~Developing Content for a Collaborative Website – Simone Koehlinger
  • 4:00 – 5:00 Participant Discussion & Presenters’ Closing Remarks

Sponsored by

  • Office of LGBT Health & Office of Substance Abuse and Tobacco Control Programs, Chicago Department of Public Health
  • National LGBT Tobacco Control Network

To Pre-Register for this symposium or any other questions or comments, please contact: Pamela McCann at mccann_pamela@cdph.org or 312-745-1214.

Getting The e-Word OUT is a production of the Office of LGBT Health and the Office of Substance Abuse and Tobacco Control Programs at the Chicago Department of Public Health in collaboration with the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network

Please feel free to distribute!  For promotional flyer please visit: http://tinyurl.com/yc8a5jf.

January 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Frontline News: We Kicked the Grim Reaper’s Butt Out of the Castro!

The network is launching a new series on our blog titled “Frontline News.” We hope to bring stories of tobacco control efforts done to help close the tobacco disparities gap.  Have a tale or event you want to share? Shoot us a line and lets get your success out there! But for now…take it away, Brian!

On November 19th, 2009, the day of the Great American Smokeout  (and the Gay American Smokeout), our project, BUTT OUT! held an event we called “Kick the Grim Reaper’s Butt Out of the Castro!”  48 people came out to participate as we thanked the 19 LGBT-serving organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area that have adopted tobacco-free funding policies for saying NO to Big Tobacco. We listened to a wonderful speech from State Senator Mark Leno, and pursued a ten foot tall stilt walker dressed as the Grim Reaper up and down the streets of the Castro and ultimately out of the neighborhood.

I have been asked to share some of the background of and planning for this event, in case people in other communities would like to have a “Grim Reaper event” of their own.
Project Components and Inspiration:

The Grim Reaper represents the lives lost to big tobacco

The most important components of our project’s work plan were (and continue to be) convincing LGBT-serving organizations to adopt written policies declaring that they will not accept funding from tobacco companies, and promoting those policy adoptions that say no to big tobacco so the community becomes aware that tobacco is an LGBT issue and that our leaders are doing something about it.  We didn’t want to just do a press release promoting an “awards dinner”.  For one thing, we were seriously concerned that we wouldn’t get anyone to show up, for another we wanted to spend as little money as possible, and lastly we wanted to do something different that would capture people’s attention.

Our inspiration came from a recent PSA in California that featured a Grim Reaper who removes the cloak to reveal a young woman who passes out free cigarettes for tobacco companies.  Our initial idea was for the five BUTT OUT! project advocates and I to dress as Grim Reapers and silently picket the Castro, but ultimately we decided we would be more likely to get media attention if we hired a professional stilt walker to dress as the Grim Reaper and recruited a crowd of at least 30 people to taunt him and chase him out of the neighborhood.

Publicity :
We hoped having the event on the day of the Great American Smokeout – a day when people all over the country quit smoking for a day – would inspire local media to look for local stories on that theme.  We ran small ads in the gay papers that came out the day of the event, paid for with additional media money provided by our funders – San Francisco Tobacco Free Project –– two of their staff also came to the event, and a few hours before the event began we passed out flyers in the neighborhood.We also knew that the news editor from one of the local gay papers always writes a short piece about what local LGBT tobacco projects are doing for the “Gay American Smokeout.” My husband, Ted Guggenheim, and I both have contacts at the other local gay paper that we often see at local events, so Ted and I began a campaign to convince them to come, which resulted in a great article in the Bay Times.

Brian Davis, Senator Mark Leno and event attendees rally to keep Big Tobacco out of the Castro

I also have  Ted to thank for recruiting Senator Leno to come to the event.  Since BUTT OUT! works with organizations and not elected officials, we chose not to make a concerted effort to recruit local LGBT elected officials  (all of whom have pledged not to accept tobacco donations).  However, Ted passed on the Evite I created for the event to his extensive Facebook friend list (which includes Mark Leno) and the next thing we knew Senator Leno’s office was contacting me asking if he could attend.  Needless to say I was thrilled!

The rest was just putting in the time to get people there and take care of all of the details. I begged everyone at BUTT OUT’s home organization, Breathe California (five total) to come, in addition to anyone I knew who cared about tobacco, including former project advocates and local staff of the American Cancer Society, which began the Great American Smokeout 22 years ago (two of whom came). I also reached out to my contacts at the organizations that had adopted tobacco-free funding policies, asking them to come and receive our thanks (five came), Lastly, the project advocates and I emailed and called each of our friends that we thought might come if we asked, letting them know that this was very important to us, and also a fun way to make a difference.  We called to remind the “yes’s and maybe’s” a week before and again two days before the day of the event.

The Big Day:
Through Craigslist, I found a stilt walker, who works for Boylesque, a local queer performance troupe.  We tried to make the event more festive with the decision to ask everyone to wear skull makeup or a mask, to represent those LGBT community members who have died from tobacco.  We got a few people to volunteer to do makeup and I picked up a few cheap masks before Halloween.  Because we feared that the stilt walker, masks and all might freak out the police, we contacted them to make sure they knew about it.  They were fine with everything as long as we didn’t block traffic and kept the volume low on our borrowed bullhorn.  We wrote chants (“Hey  Hey! Ho Ho! Big Tobacco’s Got to Go!”) and I scripted out virtually the entire evening, choosing speakers that could speak from personal experience about tobacco’s impact on their lives. Check out the great video an event participant from Breathe California produced!

We did have one scare.  A few days beforehand the weather reports predicted that our event would be drenched in rain and heavy wind (not good for a stilt walker or turnout).  Fortunately, the rain held off, but we did have a contingency plan, which was that we would move the rally underneath the broad overhang of the Castro Theatre and cut the marching though the streets short.  We are thinking that if we do this again in the future we might move it to late May (when it doesn’t rain in California) to coincide with World No Tobacco Day.

I’ve probably already written more than you wanted to know, but just in case I didn’t, feel free to contact me.

-Brian Davis
BUTT OUT Project Coordinator and
Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Specialis

December 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

The LGBT Tobacco Policy Update You All Have Been Waiting For

Hey y’all,
A few weeks back I had the distinct pleasure of spending a few different batches of time in fluorescent lit meeting rooms in some anonymous Atlanta hotel. And you know I love that for its own sake, but also, the entertainment added some extra value. It was probably your normal cabaret show (a.k.a. CDC Office on Smoking and Health meeting and National Tobacco Disparity Networks), but in the middle, we got a few different policy updates from the good folk working on tobacco policy at a national level. So, here for your edification, is the 200% unofficial Scout-version of what might have been said, rumored, or implied. As per usual, all errors are probably someone else’s fault, and all correct information is absolutely to my credit.

They thought we were screaming mimis
So, times are a changing with tobacco. Why? Well there’s been a few bombshells recently about the potential impact of Clean Indoor Air Laws. Did you see the recent news about smoking bans cutting heart attacks by about 1/4?

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IOM's Report on Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Cardiovascular Effects

Well this was a precursor to the later release of the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on clean indoor air. This was rumored to be the first ever IOM report held up for release, because they couldn’t believe the strength of the findings, so they had to double check to be sure.

In that, they find smoking bans decrease heart attacks by about 1/5. Now this isn’t even considering all the associated health gains, it’s just heart attack. This is a 1-2 punch with a forthcoming Surgeon General’s report that’s staged to be released soon which continues to drive the smoking risk points home… each of these documents present conclusions that are stronger than prior claims… and as they were summarized by one guy, it’s basically such a strong negative effect between smoking and cancer that we can’t assure you that walking by a smoker once won’t be enough to give you cancer. Now in publichealthia (the land of pubic health) we rarely stumble across anything that has as big an effect as reducing 1/5 of heart attacks — so this is getting lots of notice. In the words of another, “they were dismissing our claims about clean indoor air as overestimation, now everyone realizes we were actually underestimating the risks”. This focus on policy dovetails nicely with the Obama push to move health upstream, to reclaim the dusty unfavored idea of Prevention! Remember, he also recently appointed a new bulldog to head the CDC, a guy who is rumored to work day and night and one who comes out of Bloomberg’s Tobacco-Control Land (a.k.a. New York City). So, we think tobacco control is getting more natural attention at CDC thru this move as well.

Wellness arise!
I know you all have seen the different spurts of cash coming out thru the $650M of stimulus money allocated to chronic disease prevention, the Wellness RFA, another nearly indistinguishable Wellness RFA, and some quitline $ (and yet, I’m not sure it all adds up to $650M, hmm?). So these are rumored to be Obama/CDCs shot over the prow at Wellness/prevention initiatives, with the hope they are a good testbed for smart ideas to include in bigger wellness/prevention rollouts as part of health care reform. (Or HCR for the vowel-impaired). Seems like all the states and “communities” (aka cities) are planning to submit for these awards, so it’ll be interesting to see what programs make the cut, and of course, how many of those actually include LGBT in their disparity planning. Another upshot in this wellness/prevention drift is relative lower focus on cessation, concurrent with more on policy and prevention activities. There’s an effort afoot to push cessation costs more onto employers/insurers (which only seems to be insanely logical, what mercury poisoned actuary really is advising insurance companies that it’s financially prudent not to cover nicotine replacement therapy, etc?). (Wups, will the mercury poisoning lobby dislike me for that?). Look for a large employer to take the lead in near months on showing how a smart “company” really does do comprehensive cessation benefits.

What about FDA?
It’s here! It’s vague! Get used to it! was heard being chanted outside the hotel windows, I presume they were talking about FDA. But according to the folk inside, this is a bill that is, of course you naive simpleton, not perfect, but as bills go, not dang horrid either. FDAs got some teeth, thinking is esp at a local level, where many communities have control over the laws governing advertising. Much talk of the change as we (finally) get new warning ads, but how we have a long way to progress to the ‘tombstone’ standard where tobacco companies are only able to say their cigarette name and price in a generic font at sales locations and on packages. There was some general shaming about how some lovely but not public health leading countries such as maybe Indonesia (?) are trumping our butts on having good tobacco control policies, but then, I don’t think any of us are deluded as to any US supremacy we may have on this issue, right? Anyhow, it’s power to the people here in FDA-land, where we might find lots of community action potential to keep cigarettes off our babies bodies. Of course, community level change seems a bit harder to do than one national law, but what, are we lazy? (slow yawn) No!!

Empower really always had too many vowels
So it’s the big new framework around tobacco, everything has to do with MPOWER, or as some pithy individual noted, MPOWERD. What is it? Jeez, I lost my notes… um… oh yah, it appears to be a WHO package. What? (no What’s on second) Oh, I found it, a package of 6 proven policies. M=Monitor tobacco use and prevention policies. P=Protect people from tobacco smoke. O=Offer to help people quit. W=Warn about dangers of tobacco. E=Enforce bans on tobacco ads, promotion and sponsorship. R=Raise taxes on tobacco. And of course, the silent D= eliminate Disparities!! Now isn’t that just too cute an acronym for words? Aren’t you proud of the World Health Organization (WHO) acronym generation team? I am. And mostly, if your tobacco control is working on something else, then what are you doing? Or maybe also to note, if your comprehensive tobacco control program isn’t addressing all of this, then your acronym is unspeakable. And us LGBTQIs would never ever be ok with that. Puh. (getting a feeling I should wind this up real soon)

Nu CDC combined ATS has LGBT! (vowel reduction sentence)
Oh yes, it’s true we all should be excited, the new combined Adult Tobacco Survey (ATS) coming out soon has an LGBT surveillance question!! Please contain the dancing in the streets folks, it’s just a start, but yes, we are very happy about it. Oh hey — any moment now I’m about to announce the first largescale T survey findings on tobacco, because we negotiated to get a tobacco question on the recent NGLTF national trans survey…. wanna know a preview? Yup, as expected, prevalence 50% over nat’l avg. But this is *no longer a guess*, it’s real data from 2k+ living trans folk, w00t!

In conclusion
Omigosh, I think that’s it. (and about time you’re all thinking). So from the bowels of some unremarkable hotel conference room, I remain, sincerely yours,

Dr. He’s-Just-Always-So-Professional Scout

November 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Network presence at 2nd Menthol Conference

Hi,  reporting from the 2nd Menthol Conference hosted by NAATPN in Washington D.C.

Lots of interesting information given on the first day here that isn’t specific to LGBT  but maybe of general interest.

1.  Role of menthol and increased health risks –to date the scientific data does not support higher rates of disease (cancer, heart disease, etc.) associated with use of menthol cigarettes.  The same health risks associated with smoking remain with use of menthol cigarettes. Menthol is not a safer brand.

2.  Menthol is associated with deeper inhalation which increases the amount of nicotine received while smoking fewer numbers of cigarettes per day.  This has implications for lower income and young smokers where access to cigarettes are limited due to cost.

3.  Menthol has been shown to be the initiation flavor for youth.  The level of menthol is manipulated for various types of smokers.  For brands targeted toward younger smokers, menthol levels are milder to mask the harsh taste of tobacco.  Menthol levels are increased for brands targeted toward older and more chronic smokers.

4.  Use of menthol products vary by demographic groups. African Americans use at the highest levels followed by Latinos.  However, women more likely to use than men.  Young and new smokers use menthol brands.  Low income smokers also more likely to use menthol.  No data is available for LGBT communities.

5.  Targeting – there has been very relentless targeting of menthol among African Americans.  “The Africanization of menthol”.  However, there is also targeting in Latino and Asian communities.  Use of menthol is increasing in these communities.

6.  Smoking cessation – the use of menthol cigarettes is associated with more difficulty in quitting.

7.  In 2009 FDA outlawed the manufactoring of flavored cigarettes because of greater preference by youth.  However, menthol was exempted from that legislation.  Due to activism by the AA community and other anti-tobacco advocates the FDA has agreed to review the data associated with menthol with the possibility of banning menthol.

8.  Marketing experts discussed how regulations regarding advertisement of flavored cigs. can be easily “worked around.”  Terms like “frost”, “ice”, “purple haze”  and packaging colors can be used and will not be covered under the FDA acts.

9.  Cheryl Healton (spelling) from the Legacy foundation has been the only presenter to mention lgbt.

O.k., all for now.  alicia.

October 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Welcome!

Tobacco control advocates, activists, LGBT’s, allies, and those fighting the good fight…

Welcome to the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network’s blog. One of six funded CDC networks, we work as a hub linking LGBTs and tobacco control through up-to-the-minute news, materials, and expert advice. To find out more about what we do, please visit  our website.

We will be utilizing this blog to highlight events that Network staff and members participate in, with other related issues to LGBT tobacco control as well.  You can also follow us on twitter @lgbttobacco or find us on facebook!

Til next time…
-Network Blog Guru

October 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

   

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