Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Gay Adults More Likely to Smoke, Less Likely to Quit

A new survey out of Colorado suggests that a different approach to smoking cessation might be necessary for the LGBT community. 

Researchers from the University of Colorado Cancer Center surveyed 1,633 smokers at more than 120 LGBT-identified venues to gauge their smoking habits and intentions to quit, and to find out if traditional cessation methods, such as nicotine replacement therapy or telephone counseling, appeal to them. The results showed that gay adults are roughly twice as likely as their heterosexual counterparts to smoke. Most of the respondents smoked daily, and nearly a third lit up at least 20 cigarettes a day. More than 70 percent of them said that they weren’t planning to give up smoking, but most of those who were trying said they used the same strategies as other smokers. Senior study author Arnold Levinson concluded, “we need public health campaigns to get the GLBT smoker population thinking about quitting.”

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