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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.

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 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 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.

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Ellie, a lesbian with asthma attacks triggered by secondhand smoke

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!"


 

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

You can quit smoking. Talk with your doctor for help. Learn more.
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