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Quit Smoking

 

Tobacco use is a major health concern in the LGBT community, in addition to being #1 most preventable cause of death and disease in Michigan.  According to LGBT HealthLink, LGBT people smoke cigarettes at a rate that is between 35% to almost 200% higher than their non-LGBT counterparts.  This puts LGBT people at a much higher risk of smoking-related health problems and death. 

 A lot of factors play into this tobacco use disparity:

 ·         Advertising and marketing initiatives by tobacco companies to specifically target LGBT people

 ·         Discrimination, stigma, and isolation

 ·         Lack of access to quality and affordable LGBT-affirming healthcare

 Local community organizations, government agencies, and community members are already making efforts to combat this disparity through the creation and promotion of LGBT-affirming cessation supports like the Michigan Tobacco Quitline (1-800-784-8669). Affirmations is proud to offer a number of resources and referrals relating to quitting tobacco. 

 

The “What’s Your Why?” Campaign
In the summer and fall of 2013, Affirmations conducted a focus group project to explore tobacco use among LGBT-identified Michiganders and provide recommendations to the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services on how to implement culturally competent anti-tobacco campaigns and policies.

As a response to these findings, Affirmations has launched our "What's Your Why?" campaign which debuted in September of 2015. This campaign focuses on identifying your "why": your positive reasons to quit.

Interested in quitting?  Michigan’s Tobacco Quitline aims to reduce and eliminate tobacco-related deaths and diseases by offering you the support you need as you identify your “why” and begin the process of quitting. You can get self-help materials, a list of quit smoking programs in your area, and you may be able to register for free telephone-coaching and text messaging program.

 

 

 Smoking and HIV

Using tobacco is even more dangerous for people living with HIV.  According to AIDS.gov, the smoking rate is two to three times higher among HIV positive adults.  If you smoke and have HIV, you're more likely to get HIV-related infections (e.g.- Thrush, bacterial pneumonia, pneumocystis pneumonia) and other illnesses (e.g.- COPD, heart disease, stroke, various types of cancers).  All of these increased health problems take years off of the lives of HIV positive smokers compared to their non-smoking HIV positive counterparts. 

 

 

The Benefits of Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking has major and immediate health benefits for all tobacco users. Quitting reduces your chances of developing disease, helps you feel better, and improves your quality of life.

Interested in quitting? Michigan’s Tobacco Quitline aims to reduce and eliminate tobacco-related deaths and diseases by offering you the support you need as you identify your “why” and begin the process of quitting. You can get self-help materials, a list of quit smoking programs in your area, and you may be able to register for free telephone-coaching and text messaging program.

 

  

 It's Never Too Late to Quit Smoking

If you are thinking about quitting, talk with your health care provider about programs and products that can help you quit.  These are some additional tools and resources available online or by phone:

 

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