SmokeLess LGBT DC is coalition network against tobacco

Licensing Fees

Tobacco sales make up 20 to 60 percent of total sales for independently owned and franchised stores in the United States.1 Independently owned and franchised stores also receive incentives from tobacco companies for advertisements. Retailers are allowed to buy tobacco products from wholesalers at a discount in exchange for prime positioning of tobacco ads. Annually in the District, tobacco retailers pay $15 for a licensing fee and wholesalers pay $50. Mautner Project and SmokeLess LGBT DC believe that the licensing fee should be raised to $200 for retailers and $350 for wholesalers. The revenue that is created would allow the creation of culturally competent cessation groups and social media campaigns to promote cessation.


1 Feighery E, Ribisi K, Achabal D and Tyebjee T. Retail Trade Incentives: How Tobacco Industry Practices Compare with those of Other Industries. American Journal of Public Health. 89(10): 1564-1566.


Want more information about quitting smoking? Are you ready to quit but can’t commit to a 7-Week Course?

Mautner Project and the DC Center have the perfect opportunity for you. A one night only class! This class will give you the group session that you want and the quit materials that you need! Get connected with the DC Quit Line and come together with other smokers who can help you on your quit journey. For more information, contact Riana at 202.332.5536 or

The class will be held Monday, March 5, 2012 at 6:30 PM at the Mautner Project offices. 1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 710. Please contact Riana to RSVP!

Also, join your voice with ours! Sign up to be a member of SmokeLess LGBT DC and help in the fight against tobacco in the District! Go to or email Riana with your name, email address, and state (if you live in the District, also send your ward number).

Check out this article from our friends at LGBT Tobacco Control Network!

Smoking Cessation Classes

Are you conflicted about smoking? Have you tried to quit in the past and gone back to smoking after a few weeks or months?

Stop by the DC Center. We’ve helped many other LGBT people quit, and we’ll be starting up a new round of quit smoking classes. These small group classes will run from 7-8 pm on Thursday nights starting Jan 12th.

For more information, email or

Flavored Cigars

Have you read this article from the Huffington Post about Flavored Cigars in Maryland? Check it out!|main5|dl8|sec3_lnk2|113908

Clearing the Smoke

Clearing the Smoke

Join The George Washington Cancer Institute, The DC Center for the LGBT Community and Mautner Project as we present Clearing the Smoke a town hall style meeting to discuss tobacco in the DC area.   Monday, November 28, 2011 from 7pm- 8:30pm at the DC Center-1318 U Street Northwest Washington, D.C.  Topics will include: Tobacco and AIDS, Tobacco and Minority populations, and a briefing on tobacco policy in D.C.

For more information, please call (202) 682-2245

Little Cigars

Little cigars are a favorite among youth between the ages of 12-17. Because they are often purchased as “singles,” the surgeon’s general warning of the negative health effects are not on the product packaging.

Little cigars and cigarillos are currently not subject to regulation by the FDA.

At 100- 200 mg of nicotine, little cigars contain more nicotine than cigarettes which contain 8.5 mg. Unlike cigars, little cigars are inhaled, exposing the smoker to even more direct risk of nicotine exposure.

National Latino Tobacco Control Network and Legacy Foundation held a meeting to discuss new tobacco products on February 7, 2011 in which local and national tobacco control advocates participated. Legacy presented information on the tobacco industry’s emerging products and the implications of these products on communities of color, as well as low socio-economic status (low SES) groups, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities.

To read the entire report, click here!

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