Report: High Number of Smokers in the LGBT Community
A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the LGBT community smokes more than the U.S. general population.
According to data from the 2009-2010 National Adult Tobacco Survey published in the American Journal of Public Health 32.8 percent of LGBT people nationally smoke cigarettes, compared to 19.5 percent for the general population.
“These data provide the first national benchmark of adult LGBT tobacco use and we applaud the Office of Smoking and Health at CDC for their leadership in LGBT integration and data collection,” comments Dr. Scout, director of The Network for LGBT Health Equity.
“Unfortunately, these findings confirm the bad news that LGBT people smoke cigarettes at rates 68 percent higher than the general population and that our overall tobacco use is 50 percent higher.”
Scout added: “It’s clearer than ever that tobacco use is one of the largest single health burdens on the LGBT community.”
More statistics from the report:
LGBT community – 12.2 percent smoke cigars/cigarillos/small cigars.
General Population – 6.6 percent for cigars/cigarillos/small cigars.
LGBT community – 38.5 percent report using any tobacco.
General Population – 25.2 percent report using tobacco.
The 2009 – 2010 National Adult Tobacco Survey is a national landline and cell phone survey of adults aged 18 years and older, to estimate current use of any tobacco; cigarettes; cigars, cigarillos, or small cigars; chewing tobacco, snuff, or dip; water pipes; snus; and pipes.
The report mimics the results of a similar study done in Australia, where a survey of almost 900 women found that lesbian and bisexual women use legal—and illegal—drugs more than the population average.
An abstract of the APJH report is available here. American Public Health Association members can download a PDF of the full report.