Manchester man on a mission to help other LGBTI people quit smoking

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Jacub Sabo-Dutten was once so addicted to smoking that he ‘would have paid for cigarettes over food at one point of my life.’

The Mancunian started smoking at the age of 12, but has now been smoke free for a year.

‘It might take time, and a lot of effort, to quit – but you can definitely do it,’ he said.

Sabo-Dutten has joined a new campaign in Greater Manchester to help other LGBT people quit smoking.

The ‘exsmoker’ campaign focuses on the real life experiences of former smokers. It aims to provide a positive message that you can stop smoking. The campaign will remind smokers of the serious health impacts of tobacco. But will also focus more on the personal benefits of quitting, as experienced by these local residents.

LGBTI & smoking

Data shows LGBT people are more likely to smoke than straight and cis people.

‘Sadly LGBT+ people are more likely to smoke,’ said Carl Austin-Behan, who is LGBT+ adviser to the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

‘There are several reasons for this including that big tobacco companies deliberately target these communities with their products, through targeted advertising and sponsorship of LGBT events, and that LGBT+ people sometimes report that they took up smoking in order to “fit in” on the gay scene or to deal with the stress of coming out and discrimination.’

But new data shows between 2012 and 2017 more than 400 people a week successfully stopped smoking in Greater Manchester.

‘We rightly celebrate our vibrant LGBT+ communities in Greater Manchester and we want to make sure that LGBT+ people across the city region are able to lead healthy and happy lives,’ Austin-Behan said.

‘I’m really glad to see that considering and addressing the health inequalities faced by LGBT+ people is one of the ways in which we are doing things differently through devolution of health and social care.’

 

Author: Shannon Power

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