COLUMBIA, Mo. – University researchers are tapping a community health grant worth more than $300,000 to study the high smoking rate among gays and lesbians in Missouri.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that a University of Missouri research team recently received $315,700 from the St. Louis-based Missouri Foundation for Health.
Family and community medicine professors Kevin Everett and Jane McElroy have found a smoking rate of 35 percent to 40 percent within the targeted group, compared to 21 percent among Missouri’s general population.
The grant will be used to help develop gay-friendly smoking cessation programs and educational campaigns as well as a new website called outproudandhealthy.org.