Resources for Supporting LGBTQ Patients & Clients in Smoking Cessation:
CDC's 2022 Tips From Former Smokers® Campaign
As part of our mission to improve LGBTQ health and well-being, GLMA has become a proud partner in the CDC’s 2022 Tips From Former Smokers® (Tips®) campaign. CDC estimates that 16.4 million people who smoke have attempted to quit and one million people have successfully quit because of the Tips® campaign, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The campaign shares stories of real people—including representatives from the LGBTQ community—living with serious long-term health effects from smoking and secondhand smoke exposure.
You may have seen the incredibly impactful Tips® campaign ads that began airing again this year on Feb. 28 on broadcast and cable TV, streaming audio, and digital and social media channels including CDC Tobacco Free on Facebook and Twitter. Throughout this year, GLMA will be sharing Tips® campaign information, materials, and smoking cessation resources and tools that we hope will be effective in your practices.
Many of your patients and clients will already be seeing Tips® ads in their day to day lives. You can leverage these ads by using CDC’s campaign tools, materials and resources in your interactions with patients and clients and, in doing so, providing motivation to quit.
We know why this is so important to the LGBTQ community. CDC data from 2019 show about 1 in 5 (19.2%) lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults smoked, compared with about 1 in 7 (13.8%) heterosexual/straight adults. A 2013 study showed that cigarette use among transgender adults at 35.5%. Overall, smoking still causes more than 480,000 deaths every year in the US. And for every person who dies because of smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness.
As GLMA President Nick Grant, PhD, states: “Tobacco companies target LGBTQ communities through their advertising, and the effects are devastating for LGBTQ health. GLMA members are a force on the ground who are uniquely positioned to help make a change.”
GLMA is committed to supporting smoking cessation for LGBTQ individuals and we hope our partnership with the Tips® campaign can help you in your efforts to help your clients and patients.
Our Tips® Partnership Video
Click here to hear from GLMA Executive Director Hector Vargas, JD, about the campaign, its importance to the LGBTQ community, and how healthcare providers can use Tips® resources to support LGBTQ patients and clients.
Click here to view GLMA's official letter of support for Tips.
CDC's Tips® From Former Smokers website
CDC’s Tips® Healthcare Providers Tools and Resources
CDC’s LGBT Tips® Resource Page
CDC’s Media Campaign Resource Center (MCRC) includes 40 social media images your practice can share to provide positive messages to encourage the LGBTQ community to be smoke-free.
1-800 QUIT-NOW Notepads for Healthcare Providers: healthcare professionals can use these to write notes and instructions for smoking patients, who may want and need resources to help them quit smoking.
TIPS Reason to Quit Smoking Patient Handout: a trifold brochure featuring Tips® ad participants that highlights the many benefits of quitting smoking.
Tips® Social Media Content that you and your organization can share, including stories from LGBTQ former smokers.
English and Spanish language posters from Tips® that your practice can print.
CDC's Million Hearts® Tobacco Cessation Change Package gives clinical teams a practical resource to increase the reach and effectiveness of tobacco cessation interventions and to incorporate these interventions into the clinical workflow. It presents a list of process improvements that clinicians can implement as they seek to deliver optimal treatment to patients who use tobacco.
The National LGBT Cancer Network’s Outlast Tobacco page: a new LGBTQ+ cessation Quitline portal designed to provide community-specific motivation and encouragement to LGBTQ+ people who use tobacco products. You can also register for the upcoming webinar launch of Outlast Tobacco on April 26, 2022 here.