LA Gay & Lesbian Center Bans Smoking Outdoors

(August 2, 2010)


August 2, 2010

The LA Gay & Lesbian Center is helping the LGBT community breathe easier by expanding its existing smoking ban, which already prohibited smoking in indoor areas, to include the areas outside its McDonald/Wright building and Village at Ed Gould Plaza facilities.

As of Monday, August 2, smoking will be prohibited within 20 feet of both properties, including parking lots and the outdoor courtyard area at The Village.

"Sadly, smoking is widespread in the LGBT community," says Susan Cohen, director of the Health Education & Prevention department at the Center.

"As a leader in LGBT health, the Center feels strongly that we should set an example within our community."

According to a recent report from the American Lung Association, gay, bisexual and transgender men are 2 to 2.5 times more likely to smoke than heterosexual men.

The reports says that lesbian, bisexual and transgender women are 1.5 to 2 times more likely to smoke than heterosexual women.

The City of West Hollywood is weighing a ban on outdoor smoking at restaurants.

Last week, the City of Santa Monica banned smoking within 25-feet of a door or window in any multi-unit residential building.