Department of Health Services Logo

 

Wisconsin Department of Health Services


LGBT Health
Home

General
Resources

Alcohol & Drugs

Cancer

HIV/AIDS

Mental Health

Sexual Health

Tobacco

Violence/Safety

Health Reports

Service Locator

News Feed

Contact us


Tobacco

Tobacco: disparities and resources
The American Cancer Society estimates that 21% of Americans smoke, with tobacco accounting for nearly 1 in 5 deaths nationwide and cigarette smoking for at least 30% of all cancer deaths nationwide. Data from Wisconsin indicate that LGBT youth may be particularly susceptible to tobacco use. For example, when compared to their heterosexual counterparts,

LGBT youth are:

  • twice as likely to be daily smokers and
  • almost two times as likely to smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day.

While data about smoking rates among LGBT adults in Wisconsin are currently unavailable, national data suggest that lesbians' rates of smoking are about 70% higher than those of heterosexual women, and gay men's smoking rates are about 60% higher than those of heterosexual men.

These disparities have long-term implications for the health of the LGBT community. Researchers believe that these elevated rates of smoking may ultimately result in disparities in other health outcomes, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

The following resources are intended to address tobacco use and disparities affecting the LGBT community.

All external hyperlinks are provided for your information and for the benefit of the general public. The Department of Health Services does not testify to, sponsor, or endorse the accuracy of the information provided on externally linked pages.

Hyperlinks marked with the State icon icon indicate Wisconsin resources.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- Tips from Former Smokers
Description:
Real stories of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people who are suffering from smoking-related diseases and disabilities.
Resource availability: Internet

National LGBT Tobacco Control Network
Description:
Quit strategies and resources, outreach information, statistics, and scientific literature
Resource availability: Internet

Network for LGBT Health Equity
Description: Community-driven network of advocates and professionals focused on enhancing LGBT health by eliminating tobacco use and reducing cancer risk.
Resource availability: Internet

rm2BreatheState icon
Description:
State-wide anti-tobacco program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, coordinated by Diverse and Resilient
Resource availability:
Wisconsin

Gay & Bisexual Men

Lesbian & Bisexual Women

Transgender Persons

LGBT Youth LGBT Older Persons Educators Service Providers

Last Revised: November 25, 2013