The National Institutes of Health is wasting over $200,000 on a "Facebook intervention" targeting young gay people who smoke.
The University of California, San Francisco received the funding for the project, which began in August. The goal of the study is to create a "culturally-tailored intervention" on social media for LGBTQ teens.
"Sexual and gender minority (SGM) young adults (those who identify with a sexual orientation that is non-heterosexual such as gay, lesbian, or bisexual; or those who have a gender identity different from the sex assigned to them at birth) are disproportionately affected by tobacco use and associated health conditions; yet they face significant barriers to treatment participation and lower levels of satisfaction with treatment than others," according to the grant for the project.
"Despite consensus that SGMs fare better when programs are tailored to address their specific needs, there is an extreme lack of such services available," the grant continues. "Social media offer phenomenal opportunity to engage young people in intervention to treat tobacco use."
While the federal government pisses away our tax dollars, America's infrastructure continues to crumble. Many Americans can't afford healthcare thanks to Obamacare... nothing being done about that. The border remains unsecured. Students can't pay off their huge loans, trapped in debt. The federal government won't manage the land they keep grabbing from ranchers, see the huge Califonia wildfire burning down thousands of acres of land that was mis-managed by the federal government.https://archive.fo/xHjXT