Clear the air – time to talk about this: Lesbian, gay, bi, and trans (LGBT) communities smoke at much higher rates than the general population. Smoking rates in the general Canadian population have gone down significantly in the last 40 years to about 18%, while research suggests that smoking rates within LGBT communities remain at between 24% and 55%.
But Why? Well, that’s the discussion. Several factors can play into these rates including:
- Stigma, discrimination and oppression
- Social norms in the LGBTQ communities
- Targeted marketing from the tobacco industry
- Access and adequacy of health services for LGBTQ