Smoking far more prevalent among LGBT young adults

Woman lighting cigaretteBY THE SEATTLE LESBIAN

A recent article in the American Journal of Public Health analyzed nationally representative survey results and found that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults smoke cigarettes at rates that are nearly 70 percent higher than the general population. A new study from Legacy, a national public health nonprofit located in Washington, D.C., shows that LGB young adults ages 18-34 are also smoking at disproportionately high rates compared with their heterosexual counterparts.

This is the first national survey measuring current tobacco use among young adults to ask about sexual identity.

This study confirms higher rates of current tobacco use for homosexual young adults (35 percent) and bisexual young adults (31 percent) compared with heterosexual young adults (22 percent) in a nationally representative sample.


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