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Study: Lesbian & Bisexual Girls at Heightened Risk for Tobacco Use
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Posted on 04/05/2004 2:45:10 PM PDT by chance33_98

Study: Lesbian & Bisexual Girls at Heightened Risk for Tobacco Use; Prevention Efforts Important When Working With Girls

4/5/2004 4:05:00 PM

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To: National Desk

Contact: Mary-Ellen Shay of Children's Hospital Boston, 617-355-6420; web: http://www.childrenshospital.org

BOSTON, April 5 /U.S. Newswire/ -- A new study has found that lesbian and bisexual girls may be among the hardest hit by tobacco among the nation's young people. Led by researchers at Children's Hospital Boston and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, the study appears in the April issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Using data from adolescents participating in the Growing Up Today Study, an ongoing national health study of more than 16,000 adolescents in the U.S., researchers found that lesbian and bisexual girls ages 12 to 17 were almost 10 times more likely to say they smoke weekly compared to heterosexual girls of the same age. Almost 40 percent of lesbian and bisexual girls reported that they smoked weekly compared to only 6 percent of heterosexual girls in the study who reported weekly smoking. Lesbian and bisexual girls also were about 60 percent more likely than heterosexual girls to say they would be willing to use tobacco promotional merchandise, such as hats, T-shirts and bags. Gay and bisexual boys in the study were not more likely to smoke compared to heterosexual boys.

Girls and boys in the Growing Up Today Study, conducted primarily though Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, are surveyed annually about a wide variety of health concerns. The Children's Hospital Boston study was based on surveys completed by 10,685 girls and boys in 1999.

Researchers then looked at why this trend was happening in this adolescent group. Despite extensive public health efforts to prevent smoking and encourage smoking cessation, the tobacco industry has created marketing that specifically targets women. Though these products cannot be "legally" promoted or sold to minors, cigarettes and tobacco promotional items end up in the hands of millions of adolescents every year.

"We were surprised by the very high rates of smoking by lesbian and bisexual teenage girls," said lead author S. Bryn Austin, a researcher at Children's Hospital Boston, and who holds a doctorate in public health. "Antigay stigma and harassment, rejection from family, friends, peers and sometimes even physical violence can create a hostile environment for many young people coming to terms with their sexual orientation. This combined with the tobacco industry's targeted marketing to lesbian and gay communities is putting lesbian and bisexual girls in harm's way. We are concerned that these girls may be slipping under the radar screen when it comes to tobacco prevention efforts in schools and communities. More needs to be done to protect these girls and to address the social issues that may lead to their increased tobacco use."

Researchers also found that given the frequency of smoking, coupled with high scores on the tobacco dependence index, it is unlikely that the lesbian and bisexual girls in the study were experimenting or casual smokers. Furthermore, it is likely that these girls are addicted to nicotine or are moving in that direction.

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Children's Hospital Boston is home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries have benefited both children and adults for over 100 years. More than 500 scientists, including seven members of the National Academy of Sciences, nine members of the Institute of Medicine and nine members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Children's research community. Founded in 1869 as a 20-bed hospital for children, Children's Hospital Boston today is a 300-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care grounded in the values of excellence in patient care and sensitivity to the complex needs and diversity of children and families. It is also the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. For more information about the hospital visit: http://www.childrenshospital.org .


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: correlation; notcausation; riskybehavior

1 posted on 04/05/2004 2:45:11 PM PDT by chance33_98
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To: chance33_98
I would reference Freud but my account would get suspended.
2 posted on 04/05/2004 2:47:04 PM PDT by Chunga
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To: chance33_98
Double Yawn.
3 posted on 04/05/2004 2:47:04 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: chance33_98
Words fail me.
4 posted on 04/05/2004 2:47:24 PM PDT by Tax-chick (See baby pictures on the Tax-chick page!)
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To: chance33_98
Study: kids willing to engage in one risky behavior may be inclined to engage in another.


Either that, or smoking causes the gay.
5 posted on 04/05/2004 2:48:03 PM PDT by wingnutx (Are you a monthly donor? Why not?)
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6 posted on 04/05/2004 2:48:06 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: chance33_98

7 posted on 04/05/2004 2:48:47 PM PDT by SheLion (Curiosity killed the cat BUT satisfaction brought her back!!!)
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To: chance33_98
Tobacco is the least of their problems.
8 posted on 04/05/2004 2:49:35 PM PDT by ladylib
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To: chance33_98

9 posted on 04/05/2004 2:51:46 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: SheLion
Antigay stigma and harassment, rejection from family, friends, peers and sometimes even physical violence can create a hostile environment for many young people coming to terms with their sexual orientation. This combined with the tobacco industry's targeted marketing to lesbian and gay communities is putting lesbian and bisexual girls in harm's way.

So society is causing them to smoke....

10 posted on 04/05/2004 2:52:24 PM PDT by chance33_98 (Shall a living man complain? Oh how much fewer are my sufferings than my sins;)
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To: chance33_98
Is there any point to this study?
11 posted on 04/05/2004 2:52:41 PM PDT by Old Professer
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To: chance33_98
Who paid for this study? And who sat around one day and thought, hmmmm, I wonder......?
12 posted on 04/05/2004 2:52:59 PM PDT by T Minus Four
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To: chance33_98
No...I'm not gonna say it.
13 posted on 04/05/2004 2:54:26 PM PDT by B Knotts (Salve!)
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To: chance33_98
"Study: Lesbian & Bisexual Girls at Heightened Risk for Tobacco Use"

In related news, Children's Hospital Boston also discovered that MTV-watching girls are more likely to engage in premarital sex, get pregnant, have abortions, take drugs, and have parents that they consider a--holes. The study concluded by blaming the Bush Administration.

14 posted on 04/05/2004 2:55:57 PM PDT by tom h (.)
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To: chance33_98
Girls' softball leagues cause lesbianism. I kin prove it.
15 posted on 04/05/2004 2:58:38 PM PDT by dasboot (I do not mock. Much.)
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To: chance33_98
The study also concluded the girls were more likely to have pierced tongues and navels.
16 posted on 04/05/2004 2:58:57 PM PDT by tom h (.)
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"Do you smoke after sex?"

"I don't know...I never looked."

17 posted on 04/05/2004 3:02:19 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Vietnam veteran against John Kerry, proud to be a "crook" and a "liar.")
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To: Old Professer
"Is there any point to this study?"

Of course there is -- the authors want you to conclude that the girls' behavior has nothing to do with personal choice, but everything to do with greedy corporate America and the right-wing Bush Administration.

18 posted on 04/05/2004 3:02:22 PM PDT by tom h (.)
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To: wingnutx; chance33_98
Study: kids willing to engage in one risky behavior may be inclined to engage in another.

I bet they're more likely to have body or tongue piecings and tatoos and smoke marijuana also.

19 posted on 04/05/2004 3:04:17 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: chance33_98
Well, that does it. I'm quitting.
20 posted on 04/05/2004 3:06:31 PM PDT by hellinahandcart
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To: chance33_98
"combined with the tobacco industry's targeted marketing to lesbian and gay communities"

Looks like Big Tobacco is responsible to me. Near me we have a billboard with a picture of kids on it, saying "Big Tobacco! Stop targeting us!"

I don't know whether to laugh or cry when I pass it.

21 posted on 04/05/2004 3:06:48 PM PDT by I still care
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To: wingnutx
Gay and bisexual boys in the study were not more likely to smoke compared to heterosexual boys.

Hmm, so much for the anti-gay persecution causing the problem. Though, I guess that the argument will be that this is only an XX Chromosome problem.

22 posted on 04/05/2004 3:12:12 PM PDT by LenS
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To: chance33_98
I think a lot of money is lining someone's pocket.
23 posted on 04/05/2004 3:28:38 PM PDT by malia (BUSH/CHENEY '04 NEVER FORGET!)
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To: Old Professer
Sounds like a government sponsored "Make work" project...
24 posted on 04/05/2004 3:33:24 PM PDT by MD_Willington_1976
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To: chance33_98
I would like to seek out this group of researchers so I can slap them "silly".
25 posted on 04/05/2004 3:38:14 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
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To: wingnutx
Study: kids willing to engage in one risky behavior may be inclined to engage in another.

But, at all costs, let's not ask why they're willing to engage in the behavior to begin with. It will come as no surprise that these same girls are likely to self injure, too.

26 posted on 04/05/2004 3:41:10 PM PDT by FourPeas
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To: Paleo Conservative
and skateboard!
27 posted on 04/05/2004 3:48:45 PM PDT by wingnutx (Are you a monthly donor? Why not?)
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To: wingnutx
and skateboard!

There are lots of rather normal kids who skateboard.

28 posted on 04/05/2004 4:51:41 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: Paleo Conservative
skateboarding is gateway behavior.
29 posted on 04/05/2004 5:35:01 PM PDT by wingnutx (Are you a monthly donor? Why not?)
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To: Old Professer
"Is there any point to this study?"

Sure is!! Lawsuits...lots and lots of lawsuits.

30 posted on 04/05/2004 5:40:15 PM PDT by Paulie
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To: Chunga
"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar"
Freud
31 posted on 04/05/2004 6:58:43 PM PDT by perfect stranger ("Don't shoot I'm Che! I'm worth more to you alive than dead!" Che Guevara October 1967)
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To: perfect stranger
Not when Monica soaks it. oops I meant smokes it
32 posted on 04/05/2004 7:05:39 PM PDT by csmusaret
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To: chance33_98
Does the study also mentions the increase in mullet hairdos in lesbians and bisexual girls?
33 posted on 04/05/2004 7:07:33 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (EEE)
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To: csmusaret
"Study: Lesbian & Bisexual Girls at Heightened Risk for Tobacco Use"

How about, "Everybody Freakin Minority in America (except for conservative Christian males)at Heightened Risk for Tobacco Use"?

34 posted on 04/05/2004 7:14:14 PM PDT by perfect stranger ("Don't shoot I'm Che! I'm worth more to you alive than dead!" Che Guevara October 1967)
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To: chance33_98
So lets see. Lesbians cause tobacco use. Tobacco Use causes cancer.

So by the transitive principle of mathematics ( if a=b and b=c then a=c ) that means LESBIANS CAUSE CANCER.

In the interest of public saftey I think we would require a warning from the surgeon general on the forehead of all lesbians...........

;-)
35 posted on 04/05/2004 7:16:38 PM PDT by festus
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To: wingnutx
skateboarding is gateway behavior.

how so
36 posted on 04/05/2004 10:21:11 PM PDT by hasegawasama
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