Smoking Overtakes HIV As Number One Health Risk To LGBT Community: VIDEO

The US Network for LGBT Health Equity reports that while non-smokers with HIV can expect to have an average of 5.1 years taken from their lives, people who smoke and have HIV will on average die 12.3 years earlier

Smokig overtakes HIV as number one health rick for LGBTI

The Office of the Surgeon General and Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Office of Smoking and Health have launched a video about smoking disparities in LGBT communities.

CDC statistics show that 30.8% of the LGBTI population in the US use tobacco products compared to 20.5% of the population as a whole.

The US Network for LGBT Health Equity reports that while non-smokers with HIV can expect to have an average of 5.1 years taken from their lives, people who smoke and have HIV will on average die 12.3 years earlier, according to Pink News.

The Center for Disease Control will target LGBT smokers this month as part of its Tips From Former Smokers Campaign. The campaign video features Brian, a HIV positive man who smoked for 30 years before a smoking- and HIV-related stroke almost killed him.

Watch both of the videos, AFTER THE JUMP

Comments

  1. qj201 says

    I see we are now censoring comments criticizing the writing and reporting, but of course the hate filled tirades by the Towleroad Trolls go untouched.

  2. ratbastard says

    The problem with vaping and ecigarettes is the anti tobacco and anti nicotine nazis want to tax them to death or outright ban them,too,even though they contain zero tobacco. The Canadian government already heavily regulates them.

    I seriously foubt smoking or tobacco use is the number one health problem in the U.S.; I’m pretty sure that would be being overweight and obese.

  3. johnny says

    As health-minded as gay men are, I can’t believe that ANY gay man would still be smoking cigs with all we know about them.

    With the advent of vaping, and the fact that it’s actually cheaper to vape, what are gay men still buying cigarettes for? It’s a death sentence. I’ve seen far too many of my friends and relatives die from cigarette-related diseases.

    Gay Smokers: Do yourself a favor and quit now.

    Smoking Stinks.

  4. Liam says

    Vaping and e cigarettes are just as bad. Just quit. I did it and so can you. Chew the gum, get the patch but do not use vaporisers or e-cigarettes and say you are quitting. You are not. I have never seen anyone who uses those devices actually quit smoking with them. And you look like a tool from the star wars bar scene when you use them!

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