Supporting the LGBTQ+ community in quitting smoking

Published at 17 June, 2024 11:14.

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June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate the vibrant diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and to advocate for equality and inclusion. At Yorkshire Smokfree, we are committed to supporting the health and well-being of all individuals, and we want ot shine a light on some important health differences within the LGBTQ+ community, particularly concerning smoking rates. 

Higher smoking rates in the LGBTQ+ community

Did you know that the LGBTQ+ community faces higher smoking rates than the national average? Research has show that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are more likely to smoke. With rates particularly high among LGB women and bisexual men. This stat can be attributed to various factors, including social stressors, discrimination, and targeted marketing by the tobacco industry. 

The impact on health

As we know smoking has well known negative effects on physical health, including an increased risk of cancer, heart isease and respiratory conditions. However, for the LGBTQ+ community, quitting smoking can lso signifcantly improve mental well being. This is especially crucial given the higher frequency of mental health issues amonth LGBTQ+ individuals who may face additional stressors such as stigma, discirmination and the lack of acceptance. 

Why quitting smoking matters 

Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. It reduces the risk of developing smoking related diseases and improves your orverall quality of life. For LGBTQ+ individuals, quitting smoking can lead to both physcial and mental health benefits. 

Supporting your journey to quit

At Yorkshire Smokefree, we understand that the journey to quit smoking can be challenging, but we are here to support you every step of the way. Our services are designed to be inclusive and welcoming to all members of the LGBTQ+ community. We offer a range of resources,including:

  • One to one support: from trained advisors who understand every individuals unique challenges
  • Online and phone support: Accessible resources to help you quit smoking, no matter where you are.
  • Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT): Options to manage withdrawl symptoms and cravings. 

Join us in making a difference

This Pride Month, let’s work together to reduce smoking rates and ensure accessible, welcoming healthcare for all members of the LGBTQ+ community. By supporting each other and promoting healthier lifestyles, we can make a significant impact on the health and well being of LGBTQ+ individuals. 

If you or someone you know is looking to quit smoking, visit Yorkshire Smokefree for more information and to get started on your journey to a smoke-free life. Together, we can create a healthier, smoke-free future for everyone.

Happy Pride Month! 🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍🌈


  • Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). (n.d.). Smoking and the LGBT community. Source.