Network for LGBT Health Equity Celebrating Spring with some fierce quit tips!
The Network for LGBT Health Equity is one of six national Networks working to reduce tobacco-related disparities in priority populations.
APPEAL, Break Free Alliance, NAATPN, NLTCN, Keep it Sacred and (yours truly) the Network for LGBT Health Equity, represent populations that have higher rates of tobacco use and tobacco related illness. Under the umbrella of the Center for Disease Control, these Networks identify, explain, address, and reduce these disparities.
With the recent roll-out of the second phase of the CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers Campaign, the National Networks wanted to highlight tips from members of our communities who have quit as well!
Seven fabulous LGBT people volunteered their stories and tips for quitting! You can see them all on the National Network’s site!
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the tips. Click on the name to read their whole story:
“Set achievable goals for yourself and reward yourself when you reach them. Make it a positive experience for yourself!”
“Find a quitting buddy– if there are two or more of you trying to quit, then you can motivate each other.”
“I publicly announced that I quit smoking (on Facebook), so that I would have to be held accountable.”
“A medical professional told me it was not a matter of “if”, but “when” I would get emphysema. I chose a quit date and ended my addiction soon after.”
“Reach out for support — I found it helpful to share in my journey on Facebook and use the positive feedback of friends and family for encouragement and motivation to keep going.”
“Know you are worth the effort and can achieve freedom from the tobacco dependence.” – Stuart
“I had to accept that I could never be a social smoker again.”