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ONE CIGARETTE CAN KILL YOU, SO CAN ANTI-GAY HATE GROUPS 

Jump to full article: National LGBT Tobacco Control Network, 2010-12-09

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Today marked the launch of the Surgeon General’s 30th report on tobacco, How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease. The report will be better known for its main message being echoed around media outlets that the evidence shows there is absolutely no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke. In the words of the Surgeon General Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, “One cigarette can kill you.” Unfortunately, within hours of this press announcement the American Family Association used this media opportunity to campaign against gay people. Their press release about this health event was titled “One cigarette can kill you; so can one act of gay sex.”

Dr. Scout is the Director of The Fenway Institute’s Network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Equity. One of their main activities is urging LGBT inclusion in tobacco control activities nationwide. “Considering the LGBT communities’ smoking rates are from 35-almost 200% higher than the mainstream population and the recent rash of LGBT youth suicides,” says Dr. Scout, “we feel this linking of one of our communities’ biggest health disparities and anti-gay propaganda to be no less than dangerous.”

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