Data · Resources

New LGBT People and Tobacco Fact Sheet

by Emilia Dunham

Program Associate


We’re excited to share a new Network resource.  Our updated LGBT People and Tobacco Fact Sheet! With the help of Network members, we’re happy to share this new resource with all of you.  As you know research on LGBT tobacco rates is very limited, but what we do know is that prevalence is consistently higher within these communities, and it’s really useful to put out more refined information that becomes available in recent years.

This factsheet was originally prepared by Scout and Donald Hitchcock in 2005, with assistance from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,, the American Cancer Society, and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. It was updated in 2008 by Scout for the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network, and updated again in August 2011 by Joseph Lee of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Like previous fact sheets, our 2011 version contains key facts regarding LGBT people and tobacco such as the following:

  • LGBT communities are severely impacted by tobacco use
  • Tobacco companies target LGBT populations, compromising work against a major health threat
  • Negative health impacts of tobacco continue to be under-estimated
  • Reasons for the disparity
  • LGBT people want clean indoor air

Please check out and share our new fact sheet:

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