LGBT's and smoking: The Facts

  • Nearly half of LGBT individuals smoke.
  • 1 in 4 lesbian and bisexual women smoke.
  • Two thirds have tried unsuccessfully to quit.
  • An average smoker spends £2000 per year.

Smokers will often say ‘I can stop whenever I want. I’m not addicted’. Unfortunately, this is not the case, as nearly all regular smokers become addicted.

As a smoker, you are less likely to access services which will help you quit, despite 70% of smokers wishing they did not smoke. So if you’re part of that 70% then this section of the website is for you. It looks at the effects of smoking, what happens when you stop, ways of stopping and some practical suggestions.

Why smoke?

People smoke for a wide variety of reasons. You may have started as teenagers due to peer pressure, out of curiosity or to look ‘cool’, but what about years later?

You may claim you do it for any one of the following reasons:

  • You’re addicted.
  • It’s pleasurable.
  • Helps you relax/eases tension.
  • You only smoke when you have a drink habit.

Most smokers do become addicted to nicotine, although your smoking habit maybe a combination of a number of different factors. What are yours?

Current legislation

  • It has been illegal to smoke in public places including places of work since 1st July 2007.
  • Since 1st October 2007 you have only been able to buy cigarettes if you are aged 18 and over.
  • Some authorities can fine you for dropping a cigarette butt, so many places provide ashtrays on top of litter bins.