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Survey reveals high support of restrictions of big tobacco products
71% of people agree that their local areas should restrict the sale of all vape/e-cigarettes.
April 27, 2023 at 11:12 am

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April 27, 2023

CONTACT: Jasmine Pantoja, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (213) 355-3055/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles OUT Against Big Tobacco coalition, composed of 10 LGBTQ+ county-wide organizations, conducted the Public Intercept Survey to understand the needs and perceptions of LGBTQ+ individuals and provide resources for their well-being. The report aims to reduce health disparities by providing education, outreach, and strengthening local ordinances that prevent the sale of flavored tobacco products in Los Angeles County.

“We created the Public Intercept Survey to understand the challenges of quitting smoking and controlling tobacco use. Addressing these disparities is a collective duty, and we will continue to seek support from allies and partners to kick Big Tobacco out of our communities,” said Out Against Big Tobacco Program Manager Eric Hernandez.

The survey protocol was developed in consultation with the Tobacco Control Evaluation Center (TCEC) and involved data collection at the following locations: Pride events in Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Long Beach from June 2022 – October 2022.

Some findings from the survey: 

  • 81% of survey respondents say local areas should restrict the distribution of free and low-cost tobacco products.
  • 78% agreed or strongly agreed that limiting the sale or distribution of dangerous or harmful products protects the public from harm.
  • 43% of survey respondents had not previously used tobacco products.

For more information and detailed survey results, please visit www.eqca.org/outagainstbigtobacco.


The OUT Against Big Tobacco coalitions in Los Angeles County and in the Central Valley are fighting for the institutional changes required to save our next generation from the predatory practices of Big Tobacco. We stand and fight for policy changes targeted to reduce the tobacco-related health disparities within our community. For more information, visit www.eqca.org/outagainstbigtobacco

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