Everyone deserves a long and healthy life in an environment that prioritizes wellness and mental health.
This is the motivation behind OUT Against Big Tobacco (OABT) Los Angeles Coalition’s Public Intercept Survey. For many years, Big Tobacco has specifically targeted our community through their marketing tactics, leading to addiction to their harmful products. This has resulted in significantly higher smoking rates among LGBTQ+ individuals, more than twice as much as non-LGBTQ+ people. The consequence of this is that tobacco-related illnesses claim the lives of almost 30,000 LGBTQ+ individuals each year.
By conducting this research, we can improve our understanding of the unique needs and challenges faced by individuals trying to quit smoking and control tobacco use. Additionally, we can work towards reducing health disparities by providing education, outreach, and strengthening local laws that prevent the sale of flavored tobacco products. This approach will also help to combat harmful exploitative tactics and protect LGBTQ+ youth. Please review the detailed results below.