A statewide committee of members of Stop Tobacco On My People (STOMP), a tobacco disparities network, has been formed to raise awareness in the LGBT community. STOMP has adopted an LGBT-specific cessation program, "The Last Drag," and provides the six-week workshops twice a year in Albuquerque and Santa Fe . The committee has also trained New Mexico 's free tobacco help line 1-800-QUIT NOW in LGBT sensitivity.
Who We Are
We are a network of communities who have especially felt the negative effects of tobacco. We have come together to jointly address the tobacco-related health problems of our various communities. Our network is currently comprised of racial/ethnic communities, women, gays and lesbians, low-income people, persons living with disabilities, 18-24 year olds, and those living in the rural areas of New Mexico .
What's Our Purpose
We have adopted as our mission: "To promote awareness and action among New Mexicans disproportionately affected by tobacco in order to eliminate health disparities."
What We Do
Our network-STOMP-is dedicated to providing the leadership necessary to counter the toll that tobacco has taken on our communities. We:
Involve our community leaders in education, prevention, policy and advocacy efforts
Inform and educate our community members and leaders re: the effects of tobacco on our respective communities
Advocate for the state to gather specific data on tobacco abuse and its health effects on each of our communities
Conduct forums, trainings and community meetings aimed at increasing participation of civil rights and advocacy organizations in the campaign to reduce tobacco use
Support community organizations in their efforts to increase the capacity in their communities to address tobacco issues
Increase awareness of specific tobacco industry marketing and advertising to our respective communities
How We Support Communities
We distribute mini-grants to local non-profit community organizations that are involved in increasing the commitment and capacity of their communities to actively engage in tobacco prevention activities. We also provide technical assistance and training to communities to help them plan appropriate tobacco prevention strategies and develop leadership in their communities.
How We Are Funded
We receive a grant from the New Mexico Department of Health, Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program to implement effective strategies to reduce and eventually eliminate health status disparities among population groups due to tobacco.