Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)
Know the Facts
If you are part of the LGBT communities, you likely have seen tobacco ads in magazines, newspapers, and Web sites directed at you. Tobacco companies are targeting your communities.
Smoking among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals in the United States is much higher than among the total population.
For More Information
- Detailed Statistics For detailed statistics on how smoking affects groups across the United States, please see our Current Cigarette Smoking Among Specific Populations — United States on our Cigarette Smoking in the United States page.
Real Stories: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) People Featured in Tips
Learn the real stories of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people who are suffering from smoking-related diseases and disabilities.
Meet Ellie. Ellie, age 57, lives in Florida and never smoked. At 35, she started having asthma attacks triggered from breathing secondhand smoke at work. The severe attacks forced her to leave a job she loved.
Learn more about all Tips participants in our Real Stories section.
You can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
Quitline coaches can answer questions, help you develop a quit plan, and provide support.
Medicare currently covers quit-smoking treatments. The benefit covers two tobacco cessation attempts per year and up to four face-to-face counseling sessions per attempt.
Several provisions of the Affordable Care Act that take effect in 2014 will expand private health insurance and Medicaid coverage of proven quit-smoking treatments, including counseling and FDA-approved cessation medications.
Ellie never smoked cigarettes. At 35, she started having asthma attacks triggered from breathing secondhand smoke at work. The severe attacks forced her to leave a job she loved.
"I had trouble breathing. I was wheezing. It was terrifying!"
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