CDC: June Pride Month

New CDC Feature Article Highlights June Pride Month and the Importance of Giving Everyone a Chance at a Smokefree Life

Pride Month is a chance to celebrate history, health, and justice in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) community.  A new CDC feature article highlights Pride Month and the importance of giving everyone a chance at a smokefree life, not just during Pride month, but year-round.  In this article, read about Ellie, who worked as a bartender — a job she loved — until the secondhand smoke she was exposed to caused her to have severe asthma attacks.  You will also read about how aggressive marketing by tobacco companies at events like gay pride festivals contribute to high smoking prevalence among LGBTQ people.

Resources to Support Pride Month

See below for social media messages you can use with the attached images to promote the feature through your social media channels.

Facebook:  Smokefree laws for all workplaces and public places protect people from secondhand smoke.  These laws can help promote who smoke to quit and keep young people from starting.  Learn more:  https://go.usa.gov/xJkbk #PrideMonth

Twitter:  Smokefree laws for all workplaces and public places protect people from secondhand smoke.  These laws can help people who smoke to quit and keep young people from starting.  Learn more:  https://go.usa.gov/xJkb8 #PrideMonth

Consider using this message on your website or in your next newsletter:

A new CDC feature article highlights June Pride Month and the importance of giving everyone a chance at a smokefree life.  LGBTQ people are more likely to smoke menthol cigarettes than other groups.  Menthol in cigarettes can make it even more difficult to quit smoking.  While living a smokefree life can mean quitting smoking or not starting to smoke, it also means protecting yourself and others from secondhand smoke.  This Pride Month, take the step to quit smoking and live a smokefree life.  To get started on your quit journey, please visit our Guide for Quitting Smoking.

Make sure to follow @CDCTobaccoFree on Twitter and visit the CDC Tobacco Free Facebook page for shareable information.

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