Smoke Free

Tobacco Project

Mission

The mission of the Georgia LGBT Tobacco Project is to educate the LGBT community about the dangers of tobacco use, and to provide support and resources to aid in tobacco cessation.

Why it’s important:

  • Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people have been targeted by the Tobacco Industry.
  • Interventions to counter tobacco use are not always culturally tailored for the LGBT communities.
  • The LGBTQ communities smoke at rates 40%-almost 200% higher than the general population.

The Health Initiative supports smoke free campaigns and often participates in efforts to support ordinances that create smoke free environments. We are currently active members of the Fulton County Smoke Free Coalition, which operates the Breathe Easy Fulton Campaign.

SMOKE FREE Laws Do Not Harm Business in Restaurants and Bars
In recent years a groundswell of support for smoke-free restaurant and bar laws has developed from
states and localities across the country. As of December 2010, more than 60 percent of the U.S.
population, or nearly 195 million people, live in areas that have passed strong smoke-free laws covering
restaurants and bars – a figure that has nearly doubled in size in three years.1  Full Article