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IMPACT OF TOBACCO ON COVID-19

Smoking and vaping could increase the risk of developing a serious or critical COVID-19 infection. The rate of tobacco use in the LGBTQ+ community is more than twice as high as our non-LGBTQ+ peers, putting our community at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing a more severe infection. Take this time to quit tobacco products.

Tips, tricks, and resources to quitting tobacco while in quarantine

  • You don’t have to do this alone. Call on friends and family (chosen or otherwise) to
    be a care team and support network. Get inspired by following Smoke Free
    motivational accounts on Instagram such as SmokeFreeUS.
  • Use this time to quit. There are several California-specific and national programs
    waiting to help you quit. You can access the programs that are right for you via
    phone, text, or an app including:

For more information on how Equality California is continuing our work during the COVID-19 crisis, click here.

For decades, Big Tobacco has preyed on the LGBTQ community, targeting us through their marketing campaigns, getting us hooked on their products and then profiting off our deaths. The result? LGBTQ people are more than TWICE as likely to smoke as our non-LGBTQ peers, and nearly 30,000 LGBTQ people across the country die every year of tobacco-related causes.

Led by Equality California Institute, the OUT Against Big Tobacco Coalition is taking a stand and exposing Big Tobacco’s predatory marketing tactics that target our community:

Tobacco Use: What We Know

For decades, Big Tobacco has preyed on the LGBTQ+ community, targeting us through their marketing campaigns, getting us hooked on their deadly products. The result? LGBTQ+ people are more than TWICE as likely to smoke as our non-LGBTQ+ peers, and nearly 30,000 LGBTQ+ people across the country die every year of tobacco-related causes.

Led by Equality California Institute, the OUT Against Big Tobacco Coalition is taking a stand! We were victimized. We will not allow them prey on us any longer. They don’t respect our existence, but they will respect our resistance.

What is OUT Against Big Tobacco OUT for?

We’re fighting back; fighting for the institutional changes required to save our next generation from the predatory practices of Big Tobacco. Enough is enough. Big Tobacco has the money, but we have the power of the people.

We stand and fight for policy changes targeted to reduce the tobacco-related health disparities within our community. We are fighting to enact the following policies throughout Los Angeles County and the state of California:

  1. Restrict the availability of ALL flavors in ALL tobacco products. No Exceptions.
  2. No longer allow the use of discounts and price reduction promotions for the purchase of ANY tobacco product.
  3. Create a culture of tobacco-free Pride celebrations
  4. Remove the influence of Big Tobacco from California State elections

AND we offer grants to LGBTQ+ serving community organizations!

Equality California Institute is offering 1-year community grants of $5,000 to qualified LGBTQ+ non-profit organizations interested in learning more about Tobacco Control as an LGBTQ+ issue! Click here to learn more and fill out the OUT Against Big Tobacco Coalition Subgrantee Application.

YOU can be OUT too!

  1. Request a training for your school/organization
  2. Follow us on Facebook!
  3. Apply to become an OUT Against Big Tobacco Coalition subgrant recipient
  4. Join the OUT Against Big Tobacco Coalition.
  5. Make them hear you! When you post about your tobacco experiences or retweet others, include the hashtag #OUTAgainstBigTobacco
  6. Remain up to date with

Who is OUT Against Big Tobacco?

The Out Against Big Tobacco Los Angeles Coalition is an alliance of LGBTQ+ individuals and community organizations collectively working to address tobacco control and health inequity issues within Los Angeles County’s LGBTQ+ community.

Sign up to join us:


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