Saving 1 Million Lives for Pride: Surgeon General Releases LGBT Smoking Video

Surgeon General VideoPRESS RELEASE
June 27, 2014
For Immediate Release
Dr. Scout
(954) 376-2701


Saving 1 Million Lives for Pride


Surgeon General Releases Video About 

LGBT Smoking Disparities


Ft. Lauderdale, FL – In honor of LGBT Pride Month, the Office of the Surgeon General and CDC’s Office of Smoking and Health have launched a video about smoking disparities in LGBT communities. Featuring Dr. Scout from CenterLink’s Network for LGBT Health Equity, “Smoking Within the LGBT Community” examines tobacco industry targeting and the importance of LGBT inclusion in the tobacco control movement.

The video, which also promotes the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s Report on smoking, speaks to the results from the 2012-2013 National Adult Tobacco Survey also released this week in CDC’s Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The new national surveillance data found the prevalence of smoking among LGBT people is 30.8%, in comparison to 20.5% among non-LGBT people. According to CDC approximately 2.3 million LGBT people in the U.S. are current smokers.

In a press release issued this week, the CDC announced that the Tips From Former Smokers Campaign, which will be launching it’s next phase of ads in July, will feature an HIV+ spokesperson named Brian, who suffered a stroke as a result of complications from his HIV as a result of smoking. You can see Brian’s tips video HERE.

“We know that approximately one million LGBT people will die early from tobacco-related causes — we want to save those lives instead,” said Dr. Scout. “The first step is spreading the news that LGBT people smoke at such high rates. We’re very pleased to see the Surgeon General’s Office and CDC recognizing LGBT pride month by releasing all these resources to help us raise awareness.”

The new Tips ad, the MMWR findings, and the CDC’s video all speak to a vitally important conversation that everyone should be having this pride month: Smoking is the LGBT community’s biggest health burden, and the millions of LGBT deaths from tobacco are 100

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About CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

CenterLink was founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. Serving over 200 LGBT community centers across the country in 46 states. Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, as well as centers in Canada, Mexico, China, Cameroon and Australia, the organization plays an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT centers and addressing the challenges they face, by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources. (


About CenterLink’s Network for LGBT Health Equity

The Network for LGBT Health Equity is a community-driven network of advocates and professionals looking to enhance LGBT health by eliminating tobacco use, and reducing cancer risk through enhancing diet and exercise. The Network, one of eight CDC-funded tobacco and cancer disparity networks, directly trains state health departments and other policymakers in LGBT cultural competency and forges bridges between those agencies and local LGBT health specialists. The Network also actively monitors national and state health policymakers and urges community action when there is an opportunity to enhance LGBT wellness. (

Published by Dr. Scout

Vegetarian biking small town transgender father of 3 feisty teens in real life, Director of Network for LGBT Health Equity in pro life.

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