For Immediate Release- LGBT HealthLink Grades States on LGBT Tobacco Integration

PRESS RELEASE December 10,  2014 For Immediate Release Contact: Dr. Scout (954) 765-6024 LGBT HealthLink Grades States on LGBT Tobacco Integration Ft. Lauderdale, FL – December 10, 2014 – LGBT HealthLink today announced the first ever grades for state tobacco programs’ LGBT inclusion practices. The grades, based on a survey of best practices originally conductedContinue reading “For Immediate Release- LGBT HealthLink Grades States on LGBT Tobacco Integration”

Yet another life lost to smoking

We are deeply saddened to report that Bill Busse, a Tips From Former Smokers ad participant, has passed away. The cause of death was heart disease, which is very common for smokers. Bill shared his story on the Tips From Former Smokers Campaign about the affects that smoking had on his health (made more severe by diabetes,Continue reading “Yet another life lost to smoking”

E-Cigarettes: Friend or Foe for the LGBT Communities?

 As published on Huffington Post’s new LGBT Wellness blog, see original at: Working in tobacco control sometimes elicits interesting reactions from people. Some try to hide their smoking. While I certainly appreciate not being near the smoke itself, I’ve got great empathy for smokers. In fact, since most smokers have already tried to quit, they’re muchContinue reading “E-Cigarettes: Friend or Foe for the LGBT Communities?”

“If we are not counted, we don’t exist”

by Alex Iantaffi, Guest Blogger Reporting on The 8th National LGBT Health Equity Summit (Kansas City, MO) One of the threads throughout the Summit was the importance of being visible in policy, research and practice. While introducing the MPOWERED document in the Opening Plenary, Dr. Francisco Butching highlighted why monitoring is so important by reminding usContinue reading ““If we are not counted, we don’t exist””

Creative Problem Solving and Arkansas

    By Daniella Matthews-Trigg Program Associate Creative Problem-Solving and Arkansas Greetings! After Gustavo’s trip to Arkansas last week and blog post about forging national and local partnerships, I wanted to share another very cool Arkansas-related health equity resource, LGBT/HIV and Tobacco Survey Report prepared by Dathan Johnson, BS and the Tobacco Cessation and PreventionContinue reading “Creative Problem Solving and Arkansas”

Tobacco Stats and The Great American Smokeout

       Daniella Matthews-Trigg   Program Associate   Tobacco Stats and The Great American Smokeout   Today was the 36th Great American Smokeout, a day chosen by the American Cancer Society to encourage people to stop smoking. In a very exciting move, President Obama addressed the nation in a short video, in which heContinue reading “Tobacco Stats and The Great American Smokeout”


by e.shor After some tumultuous travel, I finally arrived in Bloomington where the queers are bustling in the Indiana Memorial Union Hotel and Conference Center among many wedding parties. Irony? Duh. This is a small conference with lots of space for conversation and learning from discussion and questions. I like that. I had a chanceContinue reading “Dissonance”

New Policy Statement on Comprehensive Cessation Services

Many of us probably know that long ago, the federal best practice protocols for tobacco control started to call for comprehensive coverage of all cessation services by insurance companies. It’s really a no-brainer, right? I’m always a bit confused as to how the actuaries who run insurance risk profiles failed to notice the cost-benefit rewardsContinue reading “New Policy Statement on Comprehensive Cessation Services”

Network hosting June 8th Webinar on HIV and Tobacco. Register today!

Please join the National Youth Advocacy Coalition and the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network in a web training designed to inform participants on the effects of tobacco on individuals living with HIV/AIDS and the importance of cessation within this population.

SRNT Update 5: The New Wave of Cessation

Scary time today.  Early this morning I received a text from back home in Hawaii about all this crazy tsunami stuff after the terrible earthquake in Chile.  Worried all morning about my family back home, it was hard to really have my head in the game.  I still managed to take in some posters andContinue reading “SRNT Update 5: The New Wave of Cessation”