LGBTQIA+ Resources and PrideFest

PrideFest is an annual street fair hosted by NYC Pride in New York City. NYC Treats Tobacco (NYCTT) has hosted a booth at PrideFest in 2022 and in 2023, and will be hosting a booth at the 2024 PrideFest on Sunday, June 30th. At the booth, NYCTT team members provide tobacco cessation resources, connection to the New York State Smokers' Quitline, and information about health centers that can assist with tobacco cessation in NYC. 

NYCTT will be also volunteering at the New York City Department of Health’s booth at various Pride events this June! Members from our team will be present at the following events:

Unfortunately, tobacco use disproportionately impacts the LGBTQ+ community. A 2016 study showed 20.5% of LGB adults smoke cigarettes compared to only 15.3% of heterosexual adults and data demonstrates that transgender adults have the highest population of smokers (34.9%)  (The Truth Initiative, 2021). This is no accident; the tobacco industry has consistently targeted the LGBTQ+ community through marketing tactics including promotions at LGBTQ+ friendly events such as PrideFest. R.J. Reynolds, a prominent tobacco company, went so far as to name a 1995 marketing strategy targeting the LGBTQ+ community "Project SCUM (Sub-Culture Urban Marketing)" (The Truth Initiative, 2021).

Join us in reclaiming the narrative and creating a better world where queer folx can live long, healthy, and joyous lives. If you are interested in learning more about the importance of quitting smoking or finding resources to help you on your quit journey, check out some of the links below. 

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NYC Pride

Click to learn more about all of the NYC Pride events happening in NYC!
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National LGBT Cancer Network

Click to learn more about the National LGBT Cancer Network's resources and initiatives.
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NYS Smokers Quitline

If you're a New York State resident and interested in quitting smoking, call the New York State Smokers Quitline.
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LGBTQ+ Resources in New York City

Click for a list of community and health care organizations that offer medical, psychosocial, and support services to LGBTQ+ New Yorkers.
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Why to Quit

Learn about why you should consider quitting smoking.
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How to Quit

Click for helpful tips on how to quit smoking.
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