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High Tobacco Use among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Populations in West Virginian Bars and Community Festivals

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Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program, Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 590 Manning Drive, CB 7595, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
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West Virginia Covenant House, 600 Shrewsbury Street, Charleston, WV 25301, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(7), 2758-2769; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph8072758
Received: 20 May 2011 / Revised: 13 June 2011 / Accepted: 28 June 2011 / Published: 1 July 2011
With no information on tobacco use for lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) populations in West Virginia (WV), it is unclear if nationally-identified LGB tobacco disparities also exist in this State. To address this data gap, we conducted a community tobacco survey in bars and events associated with the WV Pride Parade and Festival. Trained community surveyors used electronic and paper survey instruments in bars (n = 6) in three WV cities and community events associated with the WV Pride Parade and Festival. We analyzed results from 386 completed surveys from self-identified LGB individuals. Tobacco use among LGB bar patrons and LGB attendees at Pride-affiliated events was elevated (45%), as was current cigarette use (41%). Users of cigars and chewing tobacco were frequently dual users of cigarettes, with 80% and 60% reporting dual use, respectively. A substantial disparity likely exists in tobacco use among LGB West Virginians. Targeted interventions addressing tobacco use among LGB West Virginians are warranted in these venues, and the addition of a demographic question on sexual orientation would improve data collection and monitoring of this disparity. View Full-Text
Keywords: homosexuality; tobacco use; West Virginia homosexuality; tobacco use; West Virginia
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Lee, J.G.L.; Goldstein, A.O.; Ranney, L.M.; Crist, J.; McCullough, A. High Tobacco Use among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Populations in West Virginian Bars and Community Festivals. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8, 2758-2769.

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