According to recent research, approximately 3.8 percent of the US population is openly LGBT. While more societies publicly accept LGBT people, they continue to confront numerous challenges.
The high smoking rate is one of the difficulties they face. According to studies, LGBT people smoke at considerably greater rates than straight adults. They are roughly twice as likely to engage in tobacco-related activities such as vaping.
To delve deeper into the topic, we will discuss why and how tobacco businesses abuse the LGBT community and other difficulties that the LGBT community faces concerning tobacco use.
How Tobacco is Promoted in the LGBT Environment
Tobacco corporations seem to have an unbreakable bond with the LGBT community. They frequently advertise at Gay Pride celebrations and other LGBT-specific events.
Furthermore, tobacco advertisements in LGBT lifestyle publications and media regularly portray tobacco use, such as hookah, smoking, and vaping, as common and generally acceptable behavior. This marketing strategy contributes to initiating and continuing tobacco use among LGBT teenagers.
Interestingly, one study found that tobacco usage appears in a variety of films starring or supporting LGBT characters. To summarize, cigarettes were implicated in 92 percent of tobacco occurrences. However, only 3% of occurrences included images or statements about the dangers of tobacco use.
While some studies have begun to look into how the social environment may promote LGBT tobacco usage, tobacco in the media environment has only been studied in a few studies that showed cigarette pictures as normative in LGBT publications.
The media environment has long made LGBT existence invisible, yet their tales and characters are becoming more prominent. With the increasing visibility of LGBT people in films, many sentiments about what it means to be minorities can be expressed. Unfortunately, those narratives include tobacco smoking as an integral component of LGBT lives for the time being.
Why Is It Hard for LGBT Members to Stop Smoking?
Aside from cultural and entertainment influences, tobacco use has become an integral part of the LGBT community as a result of real-life events. In this context, stress and stigma are just two examples.
The LGBT community has long been associated with depression and substance abuse. Together with HIV infection and discrimination, all of these factors are connected to greater smoking rates. In other words, it’s fair to believe that LGBT people smoke more than the general population.
Unfortunately, it appears that LGBT adults are less likely than non-LGBT individuals to call a cessation support line. Another consideration is that LGBT people are far less likely to have medical protection. This would not automatically discourage LGBT people from trying to stop smoking. Still, it might make access to cessation drugs more complicated.
Smoking and the LGBT community are inextricably intertwined. Several reports reveal that the group has far higher smoking rates than straight people. The reasons behind this are complicated, but it is undeniably an issue in which anti-smoking health promotion messages, assistance, and cessation counseling are essential.