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Pennsylvania remains a leader in going smoke-free at its Pride Festivals. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults use tobacco products at a rate of 2.5 times higher than straight adults, according to the Center for Disease Control – making tobacco use one of the greatest health challenges for the LGBT community. Smoking remains the leading cause of death in the United States and while rates have been decreasing on average they have not declined for some groups such as racial minorities or the LGBT community. However, LGBT leaders and health advocates are taking a stand to combat the well-documented marketing efforts of Big Tobacco by supporting efforts to transform Pride Festivals into smoke-free spaces.
On Friday June 22,2018 Gov. Tom wolf signed a $32.7 billion budget package. This budget contains no broad-based tax or fee increases, but boosts spending through the state’s main bank account by $700 million, or 2 percent, largely for schools, social services, pensions and prisons. In addition, the fiscal code includes information that would be considered level funding from last year for PA Tobacco Control and Prevention Services!
CDC and the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANR) analyzed data from ANR’s College Campus Tobacco Policy Database to track the number of college and university campuses in the US that were smoke-free (completely prohibited smoking) or tobacco-free (completely prohibited both smokeless tobacco use and combustible tobacco product smoking) in all indoor and outdoor areas. Findings from this article include: among the 2,082 campuses with smoke-free policies, 84% were tobacco-free.