We need to make a change to create healthier LGBT communities. In order to combat homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia we need to have healthy community members, and that means cutting down our smoking rates.
- Smoking raises your risk of:
- Lung cancer, which is the leading cause of cancer death for Canadian women;
- Other cancers, such as bladder, cervical, colon and rectal cancers
- Heart attacks, stroke and respiratory ailments such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Quitting smoking reduces your carbon monoxide levels within hours and slashes your smoking-related heart attack risk in half within one year, according to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Tobacco kills more than 47,000 Canadians each year. Let’s try to decrease these numbers within our LGBT communities.
On the following pages, there are some tools and information that will help make our LGBT communities healthier.