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Tobacco Cessation & Resistance

The tobacco industry has historically targeted LGBTQIA+ communities, using strategies like marketing at Pride festivals and advertising in LGBTQIA+ publications to promote tobacco use among LGBTQIA+ people. This legacy of aggressive marketing by tobacco companies has had a serious impact, contributing to higher rates of tobacco use in the LGBTQ community.

Prioritizing the health and safety of the LGBTQIA+ community means acknowledging the risks and then confronting them. The Rainbow Rose Center is partnering with York Cessation Programs, WellSpan Health, and American Lung Association to provide tobacco cessation, education, and support to LGBTQIA+ individuals, and particularly youth, in York County.

Tobacco Cessation Program

The Rainbow Rose Center is honored to partner with WellSpan Health's Freedom from Tobacco program to help the LGBTQIA+ community quit. WellSpan Health offers regular group cessation classes, one-on-one counseling, and additional support. Find out more and register today!

If you need information on smoking cessation or are interested in quitting, you can also contact the Pennsylvania Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Have additional questions or need support? Contact the Rainbow Rose Center Programs Committee at

Tobacco Resistance Unit

The Tobacco Resistance Unit (TRU) is a movement in Pennsylvania to provide training to youth ages 12 to 18 to help them stay tobacco- and nicotine-free. The TRU program focuses on teaching teens and helping them to pass their knowledge onto their peers.

Rainbow Rose Center is developing an LGBTQIA+ region chapter of TRU to advocate for stronger tobacco control policies in Pennsylvania and to promote youth empowerment. The goal, to decrease the obvious smoking- and vaping-related health disparities for LGBTQIA+ youth.