The most recent study suggests the LGBT community smokes at a rate almost 50% to 200% higher than the general population.
- Overall, 20.6 percent of LGB adults and 35.5 percent of transgender adults smoke cigarettes compared to 14.9 percent of straight adults.
- Lesbian and bisexual girls are 9.7 times more likely to smoke cigarettes regularly, compared to their heterosexual peers.
- Transgender adults are 2.1 times more likely than cisgender adults to smoke.
- LGBT smokers are significantly more likely to smoke menthol cigarettes: more than 36 percent of LGBT smokers report that they usually smoke menthols, which are easier to use and harder to quit.
Smoking cessation is an important component of LGBT health and wellness. Residents of the District of Columbia can access free support to quit smoking by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW. DC residents who call this number can get free smoking cessation aids like nicotine gum or patches.