50 Years of Progress and Kentucky’s LGB Youth Smoke at Disproportionately High Rates

A repirt that finds LGB youth in Kentucky smoke at higher rates then their straight peers and offers suggestions to address this public health issue.

LGBT HealthLink, The Network for Health Equity

Fallin PhotoBy Amanda Fallin, PhD, RN, Assistant Research Professor, University of Kentucky College of Nursing. For Amanda’s complete bio click here.

The tobacco control movement in the United States has been a public health success story. It’s been 50 years since the Surgeon General’s landmark report on the dangers of smoking, and the landscape has completely changed—smoking is no longer a sign of affluence or an ever-present behavior. Although there has been a dramatic decline in smoking rates across the nation, tobacco use is now concentrated among high risk groups- people living in the U.S. South and tobacco-growing states, people in poverty, and sexual minorities.

QNK Barn A former tobacco barn in Muhlenberg County has been painted to advertise 1-800-Quit Now. Over 10,000 cars pass this barn on the Mountain Parkway each day.

Even in a major tobacco-growing state with high smoking rates, lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) youth smoke at twice…

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