Tobacco and E-cigarette Prevention Resources are Available Upon Request to Support Educators and Parents in Keeping Youth Smoke-Free.
Gay Straight Alliance Groups and Smoking Prevention
Smoking rates tend to be 2-3 times higher than general population with specific risks including:
- Smoking increases the risk of blood clots in trans women who take estrogen,
- Increased risk of heart disease in trans men who take testosterone
“Smoking kills more of our community than AIDS, alcohol, drugs, accidents, hate crimes & suicide combined” - DeBold, Kathleen, Mautner Project (LGBTQ Community Centre, NYC)
Why Are Rates So Much Higher?
- Stress: coming out, stigma, living in heteronormative and cisnormative society
- Self-medication for depression, anxiety
- History of bar culture within LGBTQ communities
- Provide a sense of belonging to a group
- Targeted marketing by the tobacco industry
Stigmatization and marginalization (the impact of homo/bi/transphobia and heterosexism) are the primary reasons for the health disparities in the LGBTQ communities.
Supporting LGBT+ students by addressing these factors in the school climate, programs and resources will help prevent tobacco use.