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Tobacco Denormalization as a Public Health Strategy: Implications for Sexual and Gender Minorities.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Tamar M. J. Antin, Sharon Lipperman-Kreda, and Geoffrey Hunt
Tobacco Denormalization as a Public Health Strategy: Implications for Sexual and Gender Minorities.
American Journal of Public Health, December 2015, Vol. 105, No. 12 : pp. 2426-2429 

Although the population-level success of tobacco denormalization is widely accepted, it remains unclear whether these strategies alleviate health inequities for sexual and gender minorities. The high risk of smoking among sexual and gender minorities together with research that documents a relationship between stigma-related processes and smoking prevalence for these groups raises questions about whether tobacco-related stigma intensifies the disadvantages associated with the stigmas of other social identities. We have not adequately considered how tobacco-related stigma overlaps with other social identity stigmas. Given concerns about the intensification of inequality, this type of inquiry has important implications for understanding both the effectiveness and limitations of tobacco denormalization strategies for sexual and gender minorities and identifying those tobacco prevention, treatment, and public health policies that work to ameliorate health inequities.

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