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Nicotine Tob Res. 2011 Jul;13(7):507-11. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntr065. Epub 2011 Apr 16.

Barring intervention? Lesbian and gay bars as an underutilized venue for tobacco interventions.

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Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program, Department of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 590 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities are at high risk for tobacco use. While LGBT communities have historically considered bars to be safe places to socialize and congregate, these spaces are often tobacco-friendly environments and may have potential as sites for much needed intervention.

INTERVENTIONS IN BARS:

Only a few public health interventions have attempted to work through bars and clubs to decrease tobacco use in the LGBT populations. Evidence from HIV prevention suggests some potential interventions in bars, and the tobacco industry has worked extensively (and successfully) to utilize bars in marketing efforts.

CONCLUSIONS:

Lesbian and gay bars are underutilized in tobacco control, suggesting missed avenues for chronic disease prevention programs. Researchers and communities should continue to recognize the importance of clean indoor air laws covering bars and develop additional strategies for reaching LGBT populations with disparities.

PMID:
21498874
DOI:
10.1093/ntr/ntr065
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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