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Report: LGBT Americans spend $7.9 billion on cigarettes each year

Monday, January 20, 2014
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An estimated 33 percent of Americans who identify as LGBT smoke, spending $7.9 billion on cigarettes each year, according to data compiled by the Network for LGBT Health Equity.

The data coincides with the release Friday of the U.S. Surgeon General’s “Health Consequence of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress” report, that reveals the impact of tobacco is even larger than previously known on health.

With the advent of data from the National Adult Tobacco Survey, the Network for LGBT Health Equity has modeled the estimated money the U.S. LGBT community spends on cigarettes every year. After factoring in LGBT prevalence and smoking rates, the Network reports the LGBT communities spent $7.9 billion dollars per year on their top health burden, smoking — 65 times as much money as the Funders for LGBTQ Issues report all foundations spend on LGBT funding.

“It’s a brutal truth” says the Network’s Director, Dr. Scout, “We’re spending more on something that kills us than everyone else is spending to help us.”

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According to Scout, LGBT smoking disparities have been documented with a series of studies over several decades, but the 2012 National Adult Tobacco Survey marked the first time a national surveillance instrument reported LGBT smoking prevalence. In that survey, 32.8 percent of LGBT respondents smoked, versus 19.5 percent of others.

“LGBT people smoke at rates that are 68 percent higher than the general population,” notes Scout, “and the 50 years of Surgeon General’s reports just show us how effectively lethal tobacco is.”

Friday’s release of the Surgeon General’s 50th anniversary report on smoking also expands the scope of diseases with a direct link to smoking. Whereas people usually associate only lung cancer with smoking, the Surgeon General reports 1 in 3 cancer deaths is caused by smoking.

Since the first report was published, more than 20 million Americans have died from smoking, 2.5 million of them nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke, including 100,000 babies.

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  1. again with this crap!this must be the most useless and unrelied report ever!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:05pm
  2. Damon Harris

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:05pm
  3. I'm still befuddled as to why anyone smokes in the first place as the monetary and health costs are so great.

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:13pm
  4. Preaching to the choir. Not to mention, I hate the smell and taste of it.

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:19pm
  5. YIKES! Not me, that’s for sure :)……….hate smokers!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:06pm
  6. Don't worry smokers hate you back, lol jk man.

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9:33pm
  7. LOL............I'm sure.........but it's not personal. I just dont like the smell.

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9:36pm
  8. and a huge percentage goes to the education department

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:08pm
  9. What does this prove? That we are human too? If we want to be treated with equality we need to stop putting ourselves in a different category.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:08pm
  10. But we're not all the same.

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:21pm
  11. Stop fucking smoking you wuss. Im lgbt and i dont mfin smoke nasty

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:21pm
  12. Well, bully for you. Some people smoke, and your rather callous insulting of them is reminiscent of the homophobes' comments against the community. Just sayin'.

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:31pm
  13. Stop Smoking... take care of yourselves and value your health! :)

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:42pm
  14. As soon as you show me where the On-Off switch is... By the way, nothing makes a smoker want to light up more than a "No Smoking" sign.

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9:20pm
  15. I don't condemn smoking but one should be considerate of others who'd rather not inhale the smoke of a cigarette. Enjoy your cigarette but be considerate.

    Replied on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:07am
  16. How’d they come up with that consensus

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:08pm
  17. This statement is bullshit. No way in hell! I smoke and I don’t spend much at all on cigarettes,,,,,, Get your facts straight

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:09pm
  18. That's why the figure is 33%. That's 1 out of 3. It's not saying EVERYone does. Read please.

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:14pm
  19. I believe it. Cigarettes, Booz, and Drugs very high within the LGBT community.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:09pm
  20. AFTER THIRTY YEARS BEING UNDERMINED BY THIS NASTY ADDICTION, I QUIT!!!!! HAVEN’T FELT THIS GOOD IN YEARS!!! I CAN BREATH AGAIN!! DAY 89 TODAY… ONE DAY AT A TIME, BUT SO FAR SO GOOD…

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:10pm
  21. That’s just LGBT Waiting for our rights GIVE US THE TOTAL OF STRAIGHT PEOPLE WHO WORRIED ABOUT US THREATING THERE MARRIAGE that number times 10 GREAT DAY TO BE GAY ;)

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:11pm
  22. and that’s just me.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:12pm
  23. I just quit 4 days ago. I’ve got a full pack sitting in front of me and i have no desire to smoke any.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:12pm
  24. Stop it now.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:12pm
  25. It’s an adult choice. Some people enjoy smoking cigarettes. Not everyone is “addicted” to cigarettes (and I do not think cigarettes are addicting only habitual). Not everyone chain smokes. Not everyone smokes a pack a day. You smoke, that’s your business, not mine. I don’t get the point of this article. Smoking isn’t “gay” or “straight”.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:13pm
  26. Scientific evidence proves you wrong.

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:34pm
  27. No, it does not. I speak from experience. It is habitual and not addicting. Period.

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:35pm
  28. So do I an you are so very wrong.

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:04pm
  29. Sorry Michael, proven scientific fact, nicotine is the most addictive drug there is. I was once a very heavy meth user and I quit that cold turkey some 25 years ago with no help at all. But these two packs a day I've been smoking for 38 years, THAT'S another story!

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9:25pm
  30. It's called demographics. It's the same reasoning as to why they like to know that women buy more cars than men. So they'll market to women more.

    Replied on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 12:28am
  31. so what percentage of smokers are gay? cuz I got to start checking out more male smokers then.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:13pm
  32. Any amount is too much.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:13pm
  33. Who cares? I bet the numbers are just as high in other communities.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:13pm
  34. As it turns out, we also eat, sleep, and use the restroom. It even threw ME off! (sarcasm-fish). I don’t smoke anymore, anyway.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:14pm
  35. U Made My Day!!!

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:48pm
  36. Yay... congratulations on stopping smoking! Stay healthy! ;)

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:43pm
  37. Thank you, and I sure will! :)

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:48pm
  38. Ew

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:16pm
  39. Maybe one of the reasons is all the stress that the community has to go through?

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:18pm
  40. Actually though. That's probably it.

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:02pm
  41. Next report will be how many times we masturbate within a year!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:19pm
  42. Sad

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:20pm
  43. Nasty asses

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:20pm
  44. E cigs is so much safer, encourage all your smoking friends to do the switch, once switch the rechargeable is cheaper :) 20 dollars a week to 20 dollars a month for me.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:20pm
  45. I encourage that incessantly :)

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:23pm
  46. I put them down years ago!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:21pm
  47. What’s your point?

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:22pm
  48. This just seems like an attempt at victimizing the lgbt population saying we’re the reason smoking is so popular. Meanwhile it says only 33% of the smoking population is lgbt people with the other 67% being heterosexuals I assume…I could be wrong though

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:22pm
  49. Gay ppl LOVE to play the victim. Poor reading skills by the way... "the first time a national surveillance instrument reported LGBT smoking prevalence. In that survey, 32.8 percent of LGBT respondents smoked, versus 19.5 percent of others."

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:27pm
  50. Thank you, I was a little confused while reading this. By the way we wouldn't have to play the victim if there wasn't so much violence and general hatred towards us. It seems as if the only way to get people to help us is if they felt pity.

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:30pm
  51. wow. If we spend that much on just cigarettes I wonder how much we spend on other expenses like booze, housing, food, medical, and other things. it would be great to know our total contribution to the economy

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:29pm
  52. I’m good. I don’t see the pleasure in smelling like a dirty bag of garbage 24/7 but hey tomato/stupido.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:35pm
  53. Hate the smoke not the smoker.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:36pm
  54. So many queens smoke and it’s disgusting! Glad I don’t and am grateful the men I’ve dated didn’t either!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:43pm
  55. who cares its their business.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:44pm
  56. And? Nice Holier Than Thou speech. Ex-smoker here. Cigarettes are high and getting higher because of the taxes. Tell me, who do you think those taxes will be shifted to once the smokers quit? They have come to depend on that money, so taxes on somebody else will go up.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:44pm
  57. That's been my question for years: How are they going to replace the revenue from cigarettes when they finally get their wish?

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9:27pm
  58. Honestly, there's always someone to victimize, Cigarettes are addictive and it should be treated as any addiction, but I'll guess it's the Overweight/obese next. They say they're trying to do this to help, except there is no f*****ng help, there's cheap talk and excuses, no reduced cost of cessation supplies, no help lines like with alcoholism, just the self righteous Lung Association.

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:55pm
  59. What about the billions upon billions of straight people who smoke? All this proves is that unfortunately the tobacco business is booming.Why does everything have to be pinned on the lgbt community? Ffirst we can somehow control the weather simply by getting married to the one we love, then we control helicopter crashes once again by getting married to then

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:44pm
  60. Not sure how this is pertinent to the lgbt community

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:47pm
  61. What a disgusting and expensive habit. I can proudly say that I have never smoked a cigarette in my life! I’m fifty two years old and my lungs can blow out a brush fire. Just ask my boyfriend!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:56pm
  62. Neither have I..its just so damn GROSS and smells...I wont even date anyone who smokes! people just dont care about their health anymore..!

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9:29pm
  63. Neither have I..its just so damn GROSS and smells...I wont even date anyone who smokes! people just dont care about their health anymore..!

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9:30pm
  64. Dykes smoking fags… the irony is overwhelming!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:00pm
  65. why doesnt this just say american’s who smoke. why does it have to be specifically identified in the lgbt community.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:01pm
  66. So the bigots not only say lgbt people molest kids, they also cause floods in England – and they smoke!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:06pm
  67. I’m SO happy once again you al have gave God a much needed day off & are doing his judging for him. I’m sure he appreciates the time off. Secondly,get a clue! I am an American I don’t need to be defined by anyone especially another gay! It’s not just “gay” people who smoke. So why tittle this LGBT smokers? Tacky! This is just another stereo type to give people to use against us! Then there are the self hating gays commenting their hatred about their own community and each other. Get a clue!!! Spewing nasty words at each other is only showing the world it’s ok to bash us because we bash each other! All this name calling is 2nd grade! Grow up! Who cares who smokes! It is our bodies and we put into it what we want,not anyone else’s business! Treat people the way you want to be treated,it’s that simple! Now,have a good day kids and stop worrying about what someone else is doing!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:06pm
  68. We must face the fact that smoking is bad for you and addictive. No matter what you sexual orientation is might be, please love yourself and quit smoking. It really will make a difference in your health.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:08pm
  69. so how do we know that straight people aren’t lying about being gay smokers?

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:09pm
  70. what is the point?

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:10pm
  71. What that money could do for poor LGBT people who are seniors or teens, or homeless!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:16pm
  72. I did research last spring related to this topic. The unfortunate truth is that tobacco companies heavily target the LGBT community and smoking rates are much higher than in the general population as this article points out. As a matter of fact, big tobacco supports a lot of LGBT events/causes and in turn takes advantage to sell their product.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:17pm
  73. what we need to do is combat descrimination and fear those among other things are why people smoke.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:21pm
  74. No shit. And why do people pay to smell like an ashtray? IT ISN’T EVEN SEXY

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:21pm
  75. when u have to face unequality every day,,u too might smoke

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:26pm
  76. Disgusting.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:30pm
  77. how could they possibly know how many lgbt people smoke and how much each one smokes? lol

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:51pm
  78. Everyone has their vices and addictions…if they didn’t spend it on cigs it would be in something else… Video games alcohol meth(nothing personal but we all know meth and coke are a big problem in our communities everywhere)…

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 8:59pm
  79. WTF does sexual orientation have to do with smoking?!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9:06pm
  80. Yeah, that’s too bad. Maybe we can do something to reduce the stress?

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9:08pm
  81. I’ll stop smoking when they make it legal to kill stupid and incompetent people.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9:22pm
  82. Ok here is a good thought then. And perhaps a way to get some backing from the tobacco companies (yea right!) Anyway have all gay smokers quit and boycott cigarettes??? No? Bad idea? Yea at best it would last a week.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9:23pm
  83. So many gay (and straight) people smoke today…I cant understand why…Such a total waste of money… packs now are close to $10.00! its ridiculous..and so unattractive…

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9:26pm
  84. Well being discriminated against in different facets of life aside from the regular everyday bs can make people seek something to quell their anxiety.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9:34pm
  85. Working on quitting!!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9:50pm
  86. NFL

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9:51pm
  87. Stop it from a straight guy

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9:54pm
  88. And WHY focus on LGBTQ??
    Why not Asians?
    Or black people?
    Or any other minority?
    What a stupid thing to write an article about
    There are worse things in the world – like bigotry….
    Write an article opposing that….
    At least it would be more useful

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 9:56pm
  89. If we refocused that to marriage equality issues…we’d have won by now

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 10:00pm
  90. Cigarettes are expensive.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 10:01pm
  91. NOT ME ANYMORE

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 10:06pm
  92. Beverly Ann VanMierlo We respectfully disagree then. I know many people who will say it’s harder to give up cigs than meth or heroin or cocaine. But I used to smoke cigs sporadically and erratically and when I decided not to smoke, I didn’t. No big deal. I am glad that you’ve conquered the other stuff. Blessings and good health to you.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 10:28pm
  93. IDIOTS…

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 10:31pm
  94. i dont get why you people discuss the smoking part!!this is about showing how “bad” we lgbts are!!because we spend more money on smoking than donating.THATS the point.not whether you smoke or not.god sometimes people ar such time wasters!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 10:40pm
  95. Smoking is handy for self-loathing LGBTs that need to stand up and say FU you to the world, and take care of themselves instead. I smoked in shame for 25 years, what a waste.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 10:48pm
  96. Who gives a fuck? Some LGBT people like to smoke big fucking deal!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 10:50pm
  97. Just think if all of our fellow LGBT folk could quit and give half of that money to HRC I think we would have marriage equality very soon.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:14pm
  98. i see it..i smell it..and i hear it…can’t wait till this city bans public smoking :)

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:19pm
  99. In addition to killing you, they prematurely age you.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:42pm
  100. try e cigs!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:50pm
  101. don’t listen to these freaks who don’t drink or smoke, leave that to those religious doo gooder assholes! switch to ecigs and cut down on drinking but don’t become a BORING asshole, btw, everyone dies of something so there!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:52pm
  102. What a waste of money!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:59pm
  103. Sooooo?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 12:03am
  104. Lol, chris, people are boring if they don’t drink or smoke? HAHAHAHAHA, i’m the fuckin’ life of the party, and I dont drink or smoke. My personality is 10x more brighter than shoving a cancer stick in my mouth. Life is quite fun for me without tar lungs, and I can have long conversations without taking a smoking or coughing break. If you call sitting around puffing chemicals and slinging back shots all day “fun” and if you don’t youre a “goody two shoes”, maybe you’re part of the reason people don’t smoke. Because we don’t want to look like complete assholes.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 12:11am
  105. Some queers smoke….get over it.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 12:13am
  106. These people are nuts, still the goverment is getting some of this in in tax. BUT what are they doing to their health ? lots of nasty stuff.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 12:26am
  107. What I take away from it, is the $7.9 billion. That’s an amazing number on something that I consider to be so old-fashion. I can’t believe it’s 2014 and we haven’t come up with a different vice. Humans never change…

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 12:27am
  108. Gross. I don’t date or kiss guys that smoke.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 12:31am
  109. I love cigarettes…..deal

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 12:36am
  110. I tried one once, after hacking and washing my teeth twice from it’s DISGUSTING RANCID TASTE, I said F that, I have more to live for. The end.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 12:44am
  111. Nicotine is one hell of a drug.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:04am
  112. I am not in this figure – don’t smoke

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:11am
  113. What a waste of money. That kind of money could have been given to house majority pac and gone a long way to a house that would pass non-discrimination.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:25am
  114. I wonder how much they spent to find this out on such a pointless point.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:38am
  115. Lmfao.dame no wonder y some daddy’s can’t afford child support. :?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:41am
  116. Really… Who cares?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:44am
  117. I quit you can to.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:51am
  118. This is a photo of Turk. In Turkey. The tea glass says it all.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:57am
  119. people should be aware where that tobacco money goes….to republican lobbies

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:02am
  120. fools

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:21am
  121. Its so ironic how gay men are so into about their looks yet alot of them smoke!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:29am
  122. And how much do breeders spend? Let me guess they didn’t count?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:40am
  123. How much do we spend on other crap? Over-shopping…? Oh, but cigarettes are the big bandwagon of ridiculousness. Yet, it never fails to be more telling than to see the SUV afficionado wagging a finger in the face of a smoker.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:41am
  124. Jesus is everyone gonna get on us now about smoking too? If it’s not one thing it’s another.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:41am
  125. I quit !!!!!!!!Peace

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:51am
  126. Now, imagine if even only HALF of that money had gone to the fight for LGBT equality…

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:15am
  127. So? That’s nothing compared to overall cig sales. This isn’t really news worthy.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:17am
  128. And association with our prides which advertise their products to our community

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:35am
  129. It goes with club atmosphere that has plagued our community for many years.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 3:36am
  130. They don’t get my money

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:06am
  131. Why is the smoking so much higher than the average? And why when everybody knows smoking is a killer?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:11am
  132. Is that still 1 out of 10 is identitied as lgbt?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:11am
  133. I am SO GLAD I quit! 17 years now!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:52am