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OBJECTIVES We identified health disparities for a statewide population of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) men and women compared with their heterosexual counterparts. METHODS We used data from the 2003-2006 Washington State Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to examine associations between sexual orientation and chronic health conditions, health(More)
Our objective was to identify factors associated with current cigarette smoking among Latino adults in Oregon. We used data from 1,356 Latino participants and, for comparison, 18,593 non-Latino White participants in the 2000-2002 Oregon Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). The BRFSS is a random-digit-dialed, cross-sectional survey of(More)
OBJECTIVE Several studies have shown that lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) persons have higher smoking prevalence than heterosexuals. However, few population-based studies have explored whether smoking-related knowledge, attitudes and behaviors also differ between the communities. METHODS We used Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data for 2003 to(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess whether smoking quit rates and satisfaction with the Washington State tobacco quitline (QL) services varied by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, area of residence (that is, urban versus non-urban), or sex of Washington QL callers. METHODS From October 2004 into October 2005, we conducted telephone surveys of Washington QL callers(More)
BACKGROUND Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Following the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with the tobacco industry, Washington State dedicated substantial funding to the creation of a statewide, comprehensive tobacco control program. This report documents the history and observed effectiveness of that(More)
BACKGROUND Tobacco industry documents have revealed marketing plans specifically to reach lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) populations. Research supports a causal linkage between receptivity and exposure to tobacco industry marketing and tobacco use uptake among adolescents. Pro-tobacco messages may diminish the effectiveness of tobacco control activities(More)
OBJECTIVES We examined health effects associated with 3 tobacco control interventions in Washington State: a comprehensive state program, a state policy banning smoking in public places, and price increases. METHODS We used linear regression models to predict changes in smoking prevalence and specific tobacco-related health conditions associated with the(More)
To facilitate eventual genetic vaccination of mucosal tissues, a receptor-mediated gene transfer system was devised using the reovirus adhesin, protein sigma1. Highly efficient uptake and internalization of protein sigma1 polylysine (PL) DNA complexes could be demonstrated by fluorescent microscopy. Successful cellular transfection of rodent and human cell(More)