Tobacco Free Lancaster County (TFLC, tobaccofreelancastercounty.com) is highlighting their support for the LGBTQ+ Community during pride month.Tobacco use is an addiction that impacts people of all backgrounds and orientations. However, studies have shown that members of the LGBTQ+ community are more likely to use tobacco products than non-LGBTQ+ peers. There are several reasons for this, including the unique stressors LGBTQ+ individuals face, such as social isolation and discrimination.
As a result of increased use and exposure, tobacco-related health issues disproportionately affect the LGBTQ+ community. LGBTQ+ individuals are at a higher risk of developing smoking-related illnesses like lung disease, heart disease and cancer.
Research has also shown that quitting tobacco can significantly improve overall health and well-being. It can have a positive impact on physical and mental health as well as quality of life. It’s important to remember that quitting tobacco is a process that may take several tries, but support is available.
Resources such as the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669) provide trained, non-judgmental and supportive quit coaches to help create an individualized quit plan free of charge. If you’re an LGBTQ+ individual wanting to quit tobacco, please don’t hesitate to ask for help.
Funding provided by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services/Tobacco Free Nebraska Program as a result of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.
For more information about Tobacco Free Lancaster County, go to tobaccofreelancastercounty.com.