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We are Fierce Pride, New Mexico’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) health advocacy organization. We are a grassroots network of volunteers working to promote health in the LGBTQ communities. We see self care and community care as intrinsically linked. LGBTQ people (and people who are in other marginalized groups) experience more health problems than the general populations. This is known as a health disparity. Fierce Pride is working towards reducing health disparities on multiple levels. One way we do that is to reduce commercial tobacco dependence in our community. We never blame the smoker. People smoke for many reasons, and tobacco is highly addictive. We want members of the LGBTQ community to know about FREE resources to help to quit, if and when they are ready.
Why Do We Smoke at Higher Rates?
Some possible explanations include:
- Experiences of violence
- Lack of community connectedness
- Inadequate Access to Health Care
- Inadequate Access to Mental Health Care
- Lack of LGBTQ-Specific Solutions
- Discrimination and minority stress
We’re Taking Action
Raising awareness of the danger of smoking to our community through presentations, flyers, magnets and ads, social media, and events
Working with youth who are at the highest risk for smoking
Working to create smoke free LGBTQ pride events
Marching in Gay Pride parades around the state
Distributing smoking cessation materials at LGBTQI events and meeting locations.
- 1-800-QUIT-NOW, QuitnowNM.com, and 1-855-DEJELOYA, and DejeloYaNM.com
The Good News
Two thirds of us don’t smoke
Almost 9 in 10 believe that indoor work areas should be entirely smoke free
82% of us who smoke are thinking about, planning to or trying to quit