So What Can I Do?
Look, you get it. Tobacco kills people. LGBT people. And you're not going to be one of them. Or let the people you love be one of them. So here's your boot camp.
VISIT: THIS FREE LIFE
Know What Tobacco Does
Tobacco affects all kinds of parts of your body. Yes, it might kill you by destroying your lungs. Did you know it could kill you by... destroying your throat? Your kidneys? Your colon? Your cervix? Yeah, tobacco companies are trying to get into more parts of your body than the Tea Party*.
Know That Quitting Helps
So you might be thinking (or someone you love might say), the damage is done. Not true. As soon as 20 minutes after you quit (Twenty minutes! That's like half an episode of Orange is the New Black) your body is healing. It doesn't stop there. Keep quit, and your body keeps on healing. Take a look:
Know That You're Not Alone
We're here. And we're not going anywhere. We want to see an LGBT community that is proud, free, healthy, and well. But that's not all. There's more help out there. A lot of it is free. So check out these three kinds of tools you can use to get quit!
Michigan Quit Line
- 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)
- 1-855-DEJELO-YA (1-855-335356-92)
- 1-877-777-6534 (TTS)
Appointments can be made 24 hours/day https://michigan.quitlogix.org
Quitline counselors have been trained on HIV, LGBTQ and other cultural sensitivity issues
Red Project Smoking Cessation Group Specific to those living with HIV. Contact email@example.com or call (616)456-9063
Thinking About Quitting Class at Grand Rapids Pride Center Specific to the LGBTQ community & those living with HIV. Call (616)458-3511 for more information
Freedom From Smoking Clinics at Mercy Health Registration is free but required to attend. Space is limited. Please contact clinic facilitator Maria Alvarez deLopez & Alicia Martinez via 616.685.3359 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat at the clinic. La clase se dara en español.
It's all about community, right? We've all done something stupid because our friends dragged us into it. Now, online communities are here to help you do something smart, for a change.
- Ex (a new way to think about quitting smoking)
- Positively Smoke Free Me (supporting all our HIV+ peeps)
- Smoke Free Women (in case it's the eighties, and you're down with the ladies)
- ASPIRE by M. D. Anderson (smoking kills LGBT youth, too)
- U Can Quit 2 (supporting our men and women in uniform)
- Quit.com (myQuit online community)
- Smokefree.gov (tools and tips)
- Smokefree.gov LGBT Page
- Smoke Free Facebook
- Quitter’s Circle (articles and resources)
- Quit Net (online community)
Next, Join The Revolution
One last step. So you quit. So you got your partner to quit. We need help to continue spreading the word about LGBT people wrecking the system and beating tobacco. Use this form to tell us your story, and help us get the whole Family off tobacco. For good.
There's An App For That
Check out these free apps to help you quit smoking!