Tobacco Use and the LGBT Community

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    Jun 29, 2010 8:00 PM GMT
    Most state and national health surveys do not collect information on sexual orientation and gender identity; however, there are current data indicating the LGBT population smokes at a higher rate than the general public. Key facts regarding this disparity include the following:

    * Gay, bisexual and transgender men are 2.0 to 2.5 times more likely to smoke than heterosexual men.
    * Lesbian, bisexual and transgender women are 1.5 to 2.0 times more likely to smoke than heterosexual women.
    * Bisexual boys and girls have some of the highest smoking rates when compared with both their heterosexual and homosexual peers.


    http://thequeertimes.com/2010/06/report-tobacco-prevalence-lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-lgbt-community/
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    Jun 29, 2010 11:48 PM GMT
    I used to smoke but when I read that it gives you wrinkles I quit icon_confused.gif oh and because it gives you cancer 2
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    Jun 29, 2010 11:52 PM GMT
    Not surprised at all. A big part of the reason why anybody starts smoking is because they're young and it's a way for them to fit in to a certain crowd, or, as cheesy as it sounds, to be "cool". I think it's a lot harder for LGBT youth to fit in (though getting better) and find themselves, so yeah, we turn to smoking. I know that's why I did... icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 30, 2010 12:13 AM GMT
    Gays are self-destructive. Therefore some will always smoke, drink excessively, use drugs, have unsafe sex, plus engage in a limitless number of other stupid activities. It's the cost of doing business in the gay world. Most of us hate ourselves, so not surprisingly we do things that prove it.
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    Jun 30, 2010 12:26 AM GMT
    More gay people die from tobacco related illness than from murder, HIV, accidents and drug over doses COMBINED.
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    Jun 30, 2010 12:52 AM GMT
    I went throught the report (State of Lung Disease in Diverse Communities 2O1O), the LGBT data in it comes from california health interview survey.
    The report state clearly that LGBT data are, for various reason, inaccurate.

    I have no issue about collecting information epidemiological information linked to sexual preference, when it can be of practical use, as long as there is no confusion made between the lgbt population and the subset of it used for the pool.

    Not sure the smoking use of californian who declare themselve lgbt on the phone during a survey is the same as the smoking use of the general lgbt population.
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    Jun 30, 2010 4:46 AM GMT
    If that statistic is true, it wouldn't surprise me. After all, tobacco is a mild stress reliever, and lord knows we go through some stressful moments...a lot!
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    Jun 30, 2010 4:48 AM GMT
    Does it really matter what your sexuality is when it comes to smoking?

    Cancer could care less who you are screwing because in the end it gets the last "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!"
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    Jun 30, 2010 4:50 AM GMT
    Guy101 saidDoes it really matter what your sexuality is when it comes to smoking?

    Cancer could care less who your are screwing because in the end it gets the last "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!"
    Psychological factors behind the addiction can be affected by sexuality, environment, gender, etc.
  • calibro

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    Jun 30, 2010 5:01 AM GMT
    well tobacco companies know this and thus they target the lgbt community at a disproportional rate
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    Jun 30, 2010 5:07 AM GMT
    I was always under the assumption the tobacco companies targeted age and gender groups. Not sexual preferences. Learn something new every day.
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Jun 30, 2010 5:17 AM GMT
    I don't think orientation or marketing is to blame. A Girlfriend is who got me smoking in college.
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    Jun 30, 2010 7:21 AM GMT
    I started smoking because of a really horrid breakup that I felt no one could understand... Anyhow, I quit mostly because its getting harder and harder to find hookups now as a smoker lol! well that n the wrinkles, and bad skin in general... I figure they'll have cancer kicked by the time i'd be likely to get it from smoking lmao (btw. thats half sarcastic).

    I think tobacco companies target to every group of people... Just some groups are already pre-disposed to having massive amounts of stress in their lives. I.e. us gays.
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    Jun 30, 2010 7:54 AM GMT
    Wilton saidGays are self-destructive. Therefore some will always smoke, drink excessively, use drugs, have unsafe sex, plus engage in a limitless number of other stupid activities. It's the cost of doing business in the gay world. Most of us hate ourselves, so not surprisingly we do things that prove it.


    It's sad but true.
    And yet, we place this facade of perfect health and a wealthy lifestyle. How do we do it?!
  • drypin

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    Jun 30, 2010 8:36 AM GMT
    I wonder how many of the "don't smoke" public service messages and anti-smoking advertising is aimed at the LBGT populace.
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    Jun 30, 2010 8:45 AM GMT
    those anti smoking commercials suck!!! everytime i see one i want to light up again!!!!
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    Jun 30, 2010 7:46 PM GMT
    I am just amazed that in 21st century America with the knowledge we have on smoking why anybody would want to smoke. And within our own community it is simply mind boggling.
    Finding nonsmoking gay men is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. At least it seems that way where I am.