New LGBT People and Tobacco Fact Sheet

by Emilia Dunham

Program Associate


We’re excited to share a new Network resource.  Our updated LGBT People and Tobacco Fact Sheet! With the help of Network members, we’re happy to share this new resource with all of you.  As you know research on LGBT tobacco rates is very limited, but what we do know is that prevalence is consistently higher within these communities, and it’s really useful to put out more refined information that becomes available in recent years.

This factsheet was originally prepared by Scout and Donald Hitchcock in 2005, with assistance from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,, the American Cancer Society, and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. It was updated in 2008 by Scout for the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network, and updated again in August 2011 by Joseph Lee of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Like previous fact sheets, our 2011 version contains key facts regarding LGBT people and tobacco such as the following:

  • LGBT communities are severely impacted by tobacco use
  • Tobacco companies target LGBT populations, compromising work against a major health threat
  • Negative health impacts of tobacco continue to be under-estimated
  • Reasons for the disparity
  • LGBT people want clean indoor air

Please check out and share our new fact sheet:

Published by Emilia Dunham, MPP, MBA

Emilia Dunham is currently a Project Manager at MassHealth/Department of Public Health, and formerly the Project Manager of the Life Skills project at The Fenway Institute, an HIV intervention study for young transgender women. Emilia worked at Fenway for 7 years, first as a Quality Control and Regulatory Assistant mainly involved with biomedical HIV prevention trials, before serving as the Program Associate for The Network for LGBT Health Equity, a network instrumental in many national LGBT health policy improvements. She is also involved with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, serving as a Steering Committee member and the Policy Committee Co-Chair, an organization largely responsible for the recent passage of the Trans Rights Bill. Additionally she serves as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth, Co-Chair of the Recommendations Committee. Emilia received a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. There she served as President of the LGBTQ student group where she planned programs such as Pride Week, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and AIDS Week. In addition, she advocated for LGBTQ inclusive policies and programming on campus such as a Gender Neutral Housing program, an LGBTQ Center and the expansion of Women’s Studies to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Emilia recently earned a Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration in health policy and management from the Brandeis Heller School School for Social Policy and Management.

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