New study examines young LGBT smokers

Published: August 24, 2010

A new report from the National LGBTQ Young Adult Tobacco Project, entitled "Coming Out About Smoking: Tobacco Use in the LGBTQ Young Adult Community" and released Aug. 24, revealed that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender young adults have higher rates of smoking than their heterosexual peers. Results indicated that the disparity could be due to the added pressure and stress gay teens experience as a result of anti-LGBT discrimination at school and at home.

The National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) received funding in the summer of 2009 from the American Legacy Foundation’s Small Innovative Grants program to perform the nationwide research project. Nearly 1,000 LGBT young adults (ages 18 – 24) responded either to paper surveys or online. The results led NYAC and the National LGBTQ Young Adult Tobacco Project to call for "the development of culturally appropriate prevention, treatment, and public policy initiatives aimed at reducing tobacco use disparities based on sexual and gender identities."

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