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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. About one in four lesbian, gay, or bisexual individuals smokes cigarettes, compared with one in six heterosexual/straight individuals.

Smoking increases your risk for lung cancer, heart disease, chronic bronchitis, and other smoking-related diseases.


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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 BrianMeet Brian. Brian, age 45, lives in California and has HIV. At 14, he started smoking. At 43, smoking, combined with HIV, caused him to have a stroke. He quit that day and hopes to regain full use of his right hand.


Meet EllieMeet 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.

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Quitting Help

To get started right now, see our I'm Ready to Quit! area, featuring a Quit Guide and an additional Quitting Resources page.

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 expand private health insurance and Medicaid coverage of proven quit-smoking treatments.

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Brian, a man with HIV

Brian overcame tough health problems related to HIV but nearly lost his life because he smoked cigarettes.

"Smoking is something that you do have control over. You can stop. And it's worth your life to stop smoking."


 

I'm ready to quit! Free resources provided by Smokefree.gov
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