We Breathe

The  Network directs We Breathe, the Statewide Coordinating Center to reduce LGBTQ tobacco-related disparities. 

The LGBTQ Statewide Coordinating Center provides expertise on working with LGBTQ communities, preventing and reducing tobacco use among LGBTQ Californians, and addressing tobacco-related health disparities within LGBTQ communities, to help funded projects reach their goal to eliminate tobacco use by 2035 in California.


  • FACILITATING CONNECTIONS: Connect LGBTQ stakeholders across the state with projects and resources to support tobacco-free communities


  • CREATING MATERIALS: Create LGBTQ-specific educational materials for events, social media, presentations, and news articles


  • DISTRICT DAYS: Support opportunities for local partners to educate elected officials


  • POLICY PLATFORM: Identify policy and system change strategies and priorities for preventing and reducing tobacco use among LGBTQ Californians


We Breathe LGBTQ Community Engagement Subcontracts – Accepting Applications Now

We Breathe is currently seeking up to 10 subcontractors to perform various community engagement activities supporting tobacco-free LGBTQ communities. Awards are up to $5,000 per year, for specified outreach and education activities, including outreach at Pride and other community events, disseminating community surveys, working with local GSAs, and more. Many activities are flexible to allow organizations to work to your strengths. 

  • Request for Proposals – More information about the request and application process
  • Application – You must submit a completed application and all required documents no later than July 14
  • Webinar – Join us on Monday, July 1 at 11:00 am to learn more about how you can apply

For additional information or questions, email dcesena@health-access.org


Fighting Flavored Tobacco: A best practice guide for developing local policy campaigns to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products in California. Read More.

LGBT Health Link: Offers a guide to LGBT Best and Promising Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs. Read more

PUP in Smoke: Why Youth Tobacco Possession and Use Penalties Are Ineffective and Inequitable. Read more.

Story of Inequity: A public education campaign from Tobacco Free California, detailing how Big Tobacco has targeted LGBTQ communities. Read more

The Tobacco Prevention Toolkit: Theory-based and evidence-informed resources created by educators, parents, and researchers aimed at preventing middle and high school students’ use of tobacco and nicotine. Read more.

This Free Life: A public education campaign from the federal Food and Drug Administration, designed to prevent and reduce tobacco use among LGBT young adults who use tobacco occasionally. Read more.

Tobacco Industry Targeting Priority Populations: Focus groups results detailing how the tobacco industry targets LGBTQ and African-American  communities: Read more.

Tobacco Retail Environment: Research by the Public Health Law Center on why the location of tobacco and e-cigarette retailers matter for public health. Read more.