Staff/Program Updates

Please Welcome Nat’l LGBT Tobacco Network’s New Project Manager!

The National LGBT Tobacco Control Network is pleased to announce a key addition to our staff. After a long search, we are very happy to welcome Mr. Gustavo Torrez from California as our new Project Manager.

Many of you already know Gustavo, he has been involved in the tobacco control movement for 14 years. After being an outspoken teen on the subject of tobacco, he was one of a few young adults from around the country selected for American Legacy Foundation’s Speakers Bureau and later, their Activism Council. For the Past 8 years he has been working with the STAND Projects, a program of Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant trails in Sacramento. During this time, he has assisted in the development and management of eight successfully grant funded programs bring in over 2.8 million dollars for his local community. From this work he now moves onto Boston to The Fenway Institute where he’ll fill out the team of three staff at the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network. Gustavo says, “After working with the American Legacy Foundation I always wanted to do more work on a national level. I’ve worked in the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network for years and I really appreciate all the great people and amazing work going on. I am frankly ecstatic to have the opportunity to join the staff team to help move the Network forward further.”

For our part we are sincerely delighted to have gotten the sweet mix of an experienced hand at tobacco and such an up and coming star into the house team for the Network. Look for great things to come.

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to Gustavo, feel free to send him welcome emails at lgbttobacco@gmail.com or leave comments on here!

Staff/Program Updates

Please Welcome Nat’l LGBT Tobacco Network’s New Project Manager!

The National LGBT Tobacco Control Network is pleased to announce a key addition to our staff. After a long search, we are very happy to welcome Mr. Gustavo Torrez from California as our new Project Manager.

Many of you already know Gustavo, he has been involved in the tobacco control movement for 14 years. After being an outspoken teen on the subject of tobacco, he was one of a few young adults from around the country selected for American Legacy Foundation’s Speakers Bureau and later, their Activism Council. For the Past 8 years he has been working with the STAND Projects, a program of Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant trails in Sacramento. During this time, he has assisted in the development and management of eight successfully grant funded programs bring in over 2.8 million dollars for his local community. From this work he now moves onto Boston to The Fenway Institute where he’ll fill out the team of three staff at the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network. Gustavo says, “After working with the American Legacy Foundation I always wanted to do more work on a national level. I’ve worked in the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network for years and I really appreciate all the great people and amazing work going on. I am frankly ecstatic to have the opportunity to join the staff team to help move the Network forward further.”

For our part we are sincerely delighted to have gotten the sweet mix of an experienced hand at tobacco and such an up and coming star into the house team for the Network. Look for great things to come.

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to Gustavo, feel free to send him welcome emails at lgbttobacco@gmail.com or leave comments on here!

Conferences

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.

Staff/Program Updates

Welcome!

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

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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

Presentations · Tobacco Policy

Menthol Conference

Hi,  Lots of interesting information that isn’t specific to LGBT but may
be 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.  Phoenix