Happy “Live With Pride, Without Tobacco” Month!
From Out in Youngstown:
Governor Ted Strickland has declared June “Live with Pride, Without Tobacco Month” in an effort to provide a spotlight on the increase in tobacco use among Ohio’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth community. The proclamation coincides with the national “LGBT Pride Month,” which kicks off a series of LGBT Pride Festivals around the U.S, including here in Columbus June 18-20.
According to the American Lung Association, today in the United States, approximately 4.5 million adolescents smoke. And with every second that passes, 14 more Americans under the age of 18 have started smoking – adding up to nearly 6,000 each day. Of those, 2,000 become regular smokers over the course of their lifetime.
The LGBT population has a higher smoking rate than any other minority population. While 28 percent of straight youth self-identify as smokers, nearly twice as many (59 percent) of LGBT youth classify themselves as smokers, according to the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.
Thankfully, Ted Strickland is worried about unhealthy lifestyle choices in the homosexual community… except for homosexual promiscuity.