LGBTQ+ And Tobacco Use

Live Proudly. Live Tobacco-Free. You are unique and strong – don’t let tobacco use get in your way. We have resources, tools and customized programs to help you quit smoking and vaping. Take pride in who you are and what you can achieve.

Free and Confidential Help to Quit Your Way

When you’re ready to quit, you don’t have to do it alone. The Maine QuitLink is committed to providing you a safe space to a tobacco-free life. Your privacy is important to us – enroll in our services the way you feel most comfortable. Choose to enroll over the phone or online for phone coaching, web coaching or individual services. We will help you succeed.

Targeting the LGBTQ+ Community

The Tobacco Industry has long targeted the LGBTQ+ community through event sponsorships, promotions, influencers and advertising. Many pop culture and
marketing references highlight smoking, vaping and other tobacco use as a “glamorous” or “hip” part of the LGBTQ+ culture but it is actually just harmful
and expensive. The LGBTQ+ community smoke at rates up to 2.5 times higher than the general population. Express yourself without cigarettes or vape
products. When you’re ready to quit, the Maine QuitLink has free tools to help you.

Social Smoking & Vaping

Some people smoke when socializing with friends or to feel accepted in new social situations. While many social smokers don’t consider their occasional
behavior harmful to their health, smoking, vaping or hookah use in any amount is never safe and can lead to increased health risks, and even addiction.

Learn more about the risks of social smoking and vaping

Smoking, Vaping and Your Health

The LGBTQ+ community may be at higher risk for tobacco related illnesses, such as heart disease. Every year tens of thousands of LGBTQ+ lives are cut short by tobacco. Smoking harms nearly every organ in your body and negatively impacts your overall health and well-being.

It’s never too late to quit. Quitting can reverse the damage smoking has on your health and reduce your chance of dying from smoking-related disease.

Learn more about the health benefits of quitting

QUIT YOUR WAY

No matter what your quit journey looks like, we have the tools to support you. Choose the option that’s right for you.

PHONE COACHING

A Quit Coach is just a phone call away. Free 1-on-1 coaching with a Quit Coach who will work with you to create a customized Quit Plan. People who call are 2X as likely to quit and using free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) triples your chances.

  • 8 weeks of FREE gum, patches or lozenges for eligible residents
  • Talk to a certified Quit Coach for support
  • Unlimited calls for support
  • Free access to text, email and web services

WEB COACHING

Website support with digital tools you need to help you with your quit journey. Get quitting information, create a customized quit plan, join an online community, and track your progress.

  • FREE 2-week starter kit of gum, patches or lozenges
  • Chat with an Online Quit Coach
  • Free access to text, email and web services
  • Participate in an online community of tobacco users also quitting
  • Available 24/7

INDIVIDUAL SERVICES

Individual services are designed to give you the flexibility to pick and choose the tools you want to use at any time through an online dashboard. Build your plan by adding or removing the tools that work best for you when you need them.

  • FREE 2-week starter kit of gum, patches or lozenges
  • Educational materials
  • Text messaging
  • Email
  • Dashboard Accessible 24/7