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Gay youth smoke more, study finds
Planet Out ^ | Wed, Oct 27, 2004 | Tom Musbach

Posted on 10/27/2004 11:39:46 AM PDT by presidio9

Gay and lesbian youth, like older LGBT people, may be 40 to 60 percent more likely than their straight peers to smoke cigarettes, according to data presented last week at a conference of gay and lesbian medical professionals.

In a survey of over 12,000 students in grades 7-12, about 8 percent of the respondents indicated having same-sex attractions or same-sex relationships. Of those, nearly 45 percent of females and 35 percent of males reported smoking. Among those who did not report same-sex attractions, 29 percent -- both males and females -- were smokers.

The survey was conducted by the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), and the results were presented at the annual conference of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), held Oct. 21-23 in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

"I am deeply concerned about the Add Health study findings," said Kenneth Haller, M.D., president of GLMA. "Although the findings are consistent with previous literature showing higher rates of smoking among GLB youth, GLMA hopes the conclusions will help to catalyze the community."

A Harris Interactive poll in 2001 found that 36 percent of respondents who self-identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender were smokers, as compared with 25 percent of all adults surveyed. Several factors may contribute to the higher prevalence, such as higher levels of social stress, frequent patronage of bars and clubs and direct targeting of LGBT consumers by tobacco companies.

In the same poll, LGBT smokers who tried to quit said they attempted and failed eight times to quit smoking, on average.

Helen Lettlow, assistant vice president for priority populations at the American Legacy Foundation (ALF), acknowledged that quitting smoking is tough, but she said the important part is to keep trying.

"There are several factors that are helpful in quitting: creating a plan that includes setting a quit date, having the support of your family and friends, utilizing online or telephone counseling and seeing a medical professional to learn if there are medications that can help," she told the PlanetOut Network.

"Gay youth may find that Internet-based counseling and support boost their likelihood of success due to the anonymity. QuitNet.com is one such resource," she added, referring to one of the Web sites supported by ALF.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: 42yrlifeexpectancy; homosexualagenda; riskybehavior; smokewhat
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1 posted on 10/27/2004 11:39:47 AM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9
Gay youth smoke more, study finds

Probably to get the taste out of their mouths...

2 posted on 10/27/2004 11:41:43 AM PDT by Prime Choice (The Leftists think they can tax us into "prosperity" and regulate us into "liberty.")
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To: presidio9

Unfortunate Headline Award!


3 posted on 10/27/2004 11:41:51 AM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: presidio9

Sounds like an oral complex to me.....


4 posted on 10/27/2004 11:41:55 AM PDT by Hessian (Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.)
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To: presidio9
Wow. Gays have higher rates of suicide, domestic abuse, drug abuse and have a lower life expectancy. Now we find they smoke more. I am surprised some liberals have not decided to ban being gay due to health reasons...
5 posted on 10/27/2004 11:41:57 AM PDT by 2banana (They want to die for Islam and we want to kill them)
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To: presidio9
Well the orally fixated little dickens!
6 posted on 10/27/2004 11:42:00 AM PDT by BellStar (Bush will win!)
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To: presidio9

So does this mean we have to legalize pot?


7 posted on 10/27/2004 11:42:18 AM PDT by keats5 (.)
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To: presidio9

Gay youth smoke more pole.


8 posted on 10/27/2004 11:42:25 AM PDT by DEATH TO AL-QAEDA
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To: presidio9
I guess they look.

Obscure Austin Powers reference

9 posted on 10/27/2004 11:42:31 AM PDT by TheBigB (Please Lord...let Bush win and I promise...no naughty thoughts about Lindsay Lohan for a week.)
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To: 2banana

Oral fixation alert. Bush's fault. Halliburton.


10 posted on 10/27/2004 11:42:52 AM PDT by Taliesan (The power of the State to do good is the power of the State to do evil.)
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To: presidio9

Wow.

Don't they know that's unsafe?

Dan


11 posted on 10/27/2004 11:43:00 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: Prime Choice

"Kids, if you smoke after sex...remember to use lube next time."


12 posted on 10/27/2004 11:44:27 AM PDT by RichInOC (Kerry-Edwards 2004: Going Down Faster Than David Brock.)
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To: 2banana

Well, gee, if one looks at the local gay rags our differently sexed brothers and sisters are all trim, buff eternally young, rich and glamerous, etc.


13 posted on 10/27/2004 11:45:15 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: presidio9; SheLion; Just another Joe; CSM; Conspiracy Guy; qam1; The Mayor; appalachian_dweller; ...

Joe Cherner is having kittens.


14 posted on 10/27/2004 11:45:48 AM PDT by Gabz (Hurricanes and Kerry/Edwards have 2 things in common - hot air and destruction.)
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To: Prime Choice

They smoke WHAT, exactly?


15 posted on 10/27/2004 11:46:10 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan
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To: presidio9
First of all, this is an appalling statistic: In a survey of over 12,000 students in grades 7-12, about 8 percent of the respondents indicated having same-sex attractions or same-sex relationships.

Second, I get the sense that the gay litigation groups are setting the stage to "fundraise" via tabacco lawsuits for gays.

16 posted on 10/27/2004 11:46:41 AM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Legislatures are so outdated. If you want real political victory, take your issue to court.)
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To: presidio9

"LGBT people"? When did that dreadful expression escape the halls of academia?


17 posted on 10/27/2004 11:48:02 AM PDT by cartan
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To: presidio9

Gays love illegal drugs and alcohol to go with the ciggies.

All of the above helps to lower their immune system which enables deadly infections to run rampant in their maggot infested bodies.


18 posted on 10/27/2004 11:48:06 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (When will ABCNNBCBS & the MSM fishwraps stop Rathering to America? Answer: NEVER!)
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To: presidio9

Gay youth smoke more.
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Sounds like they're too arrogant to use Vaseline !!!


19 posted on 10/27/2004 11:48:24 AM PDT by GeekDejure ( LOL = Liberals Obey Lucifer !!!)
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To: presidio9

Bush's fault, Halliburton,vast rightwing conspiracy, blah,blah,blah...


20 posted on 10/27/2004 11:48:38 AM PDT by MisterRepublican
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To: RichInOC

It's amazing that they can judge the behavior of smoking but not the homosexual behavior. Maybe they should test for a smoking gene.


21 posted on 10/27/2004 11:48:59 AM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Legislatures are so outdated. If you want real political victory, take your issue to court.)
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To: presidio9

But of course; they are pole smokers


22 posted on 10/27/2004 11:49:15 AM PDT by Nov3 (Is it just me or has correct titling, formating, and linking of posts become a lost art?)
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To: presidio9

That's just thuper.


23 posted on 10/27/2004 11:50:06 AM PDT by exile (Exile - Helen Thomas tried to lure me into her Gingerbread House.)
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To: presidio9

MN's own Saint Cloud State University (SCSU Huskies) elected a gay male as homecoming queen this year.
I bet it was a smokin' hot time.


24 posted on 10/27/2004 11:50:25 AM PDT by Rakkasan1 (Justice of the Piece:Charity is conservative;doing it with someone else's money is liberal.)
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To: presidio9

I would like to know how a 7th grader can determine if he/she has same sex attraciton? It would be interesting to see the demographics of the survey. What percentage of each grade considers themselves gay or attracted to the same sex? It would be interesting to see at what grade (age) people are determining they are gay. Also, it is interesting that the survey noted that the percentage of those describing themselves as having same sex attraction and/or gay relationships in this age group is higher than in the general population. Could it be that our society's acceptance of the gay "lifestyle" is attracting more kids to this lifestyle?


25 posted on 10/27/2004 11:51:33 AM PDT by Galena Nevada
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

Don't give them any more bright ideas, us normal smokers already get a bad rap.


26 posted on 10/27/2004 11:51:40 AM PDT by Gabz (Hurricanes and Kerry/Edwards have 2 things in common - hot air and destruction.)
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To: presidio9

Wow. Let's all light up a fag and celebrate!


27 posted on 10/27/2004 11:54:03 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh
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To: Gabz
Joe Cherner is having kittens.

Oh BUT GOD FORBID SHOULD THEY SMOKE! heh!

28 posted on 10/27/2004 11:54:41 AM PDT by SheLion (PLEASE vote! We can't afford to be silent!!!! Do we really want FnKerry to run our Country?!)
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To: presidio9

Its because Joe Camel's face looks like a penis


29 posted on 10/27/2004 11:55:18 AM PDT by escapefromboston (manny ortez: MVP)
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To: presidio9

Reminds me of an old saying (changed from "she" to "he")...

If he smokes, he pokes.


30 posted on 10/27/2004 11:55:34 AM PDT by rampage8
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To: SheLion

Exactly.

Could you hit your ping list please......mine is limited at best. thanks.


31 posted on 10/27/2004 11:56:48 AM PDT by Gabz (Hurricanes and Kerry/Edwards have 2 things in common - hot air and destruction.)
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To: Gabz
Oh, I know, it will be kinda like being left-handed was, or having a certain finger longer than the others or whatever that was. If you have the smoking gene, you might be a homosexual. LOL! I'm sorry, but this just gets ridiculous.

The real newsflash is that 8% of teens these days are identifying as homosexual. I guess the "outreach" is really paying off.

32 posted on 10/27/2004 11:58:19 AM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Legislatures are so outdated. If you want real political victory, take your issue to court.)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past
The real newsflash is that 8% of teens these days are identifying as homosexual.

I would think there would be more concern about that.......but no, that would be gay bashing. Smoker bashing is OK, though.

33 posted on 10/27/2004 12:00:13 PM PDT by Gabz (Hurricanes and Kerry/Edwards have 2 things in common - hot air and destruction.)
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To: DEATH TO AL-QAEDA
Gay youth smoke more pole.

As a proud Polish-American, I'm deeply offended.

I would appreciate it if you would refer to them as "bone-smokers" next time.

Thanks in advance for your compliance in this matter.

34 posted on 10/27/2004 12:02:17 PM PDT by AngryJawa ("...gettin' real, swappin stories, gettin' some geese..." ROTFLMAO!!!)
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To: Gabz; Just another Joe; Great Dane; Madame Dufarge; MeeknMing; steve50; KS Flyover; Cantiloper; ...
Could you hit your ping list please......mine is limited at best. thanks.

I didn't do that, did I? Sorry. :)


35 posted on 10/27/2004 12:02:37 PM PDT by SheLion (PLEASE vote! We can't afford to be silent!!!! Do we really want FnKerry to run our Country?!)
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To: presidio9
Just more proof that God hates perverts, deviants, freaks and tinkerbells! Unless, this is just a fairy tactic to claim that increases in cigarette taxes are a hate crime.

Let us all work together to find a cure for this terrible disease of faggitude!!

36 posted on 10/27/2004 12:04:57 PM PDT by Tacis (Arafat & Kerry - Men Of Honor And Integrity, Working To Get America What It Deserves!)
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To: presidio9
In England, "fagot" or "fag" have long been slang words for "cigarette." Coincidence?

So there's a positive correlation between homosexuality and cigarette smoking. And it is well established that there are strong inverse relationships between educational levels and cigarette smoking, and between income levels and cigarette smoking.

Therefore, since FReepers as a group are surely straighter, better educated, and wealthier than the overall population, can we assume that the percentage of FReepers who smoke is far below the 25% national adult smoking percentage? I'd certainly think, and hope, so. One easy way to increase the conservative percentage of the population is to outlive the liberals.

37 posted on 10/27/2004 12:05:42 PM PDT by southernnorthcarolina (I support tax cuts for the rich... and I VOTE!)
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To: SheLion

No problem!!!!!!!!

What strikes my funny bone is that for how long has it been pounded that the percentage of homosexuals that smoke is less than heterosexuals, with the laughable rationale that they tend to be more upscale and concerned with their looks and health than the average smoker who is equated with trailer trash.


38 posted on 10/27/2004 12:05:50 PM PDT by Gabz (Hurricanes and Kerry/Edwards have 2 things in common - hot air and destruction.)
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To: southernnorthcarolina
And it is well established that there are strong inverse relationships between educational levels and cigarette smoking, and between income levels and cigarette smoking.

Oh really?

39 posted on 10/27/2004 12:07:33 PM PDT by Gabz (Hurricanes and Kerry/Edwards have 2 things in common - hot air and destruction.)
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To: presidio9

Smoke what, pole??? hahahahahahaha


40 posted on 10/27/2004 12:09:29 PM PDT by starvingstudent (ask your favorite leftist: "If there is another civil war, who do you think will win?")
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To: presidio9
It's ok long as they promise to vote Democrat should they avoid the grim reaper of AIDS and reach the age of 18.
41 posted on 10/27/2004 12:10:40 PM PDT by fso301
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past
Second, I get the sense that the gay litigation groups are setting the stage to "fundraise" via tabacco lawsuits for gays.

Bingo! You win the prize.

42 posted on 10/27/2004 12:11:19 PM PDT by skip_intro
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To: Gabz; Laura Earl

Now I need to quit. I don't want anybody thinking I'm gay.


43 posted on 10/27/2004 12:12:21 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Ignorance, bigotry, envy, and gluttony are a few floor joists in the democratic platform.)
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To: presidio9

Pole smoker alert!


44 posted on 10/27/2004 12:13:26 PM PDT by nobody_knows (Mother hold the candle steady while I shave the chicken's lips.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Don't go there........don't even think that way.


45 posted on 10/27/2004 12:14:06 PM PDT by Gabz (Hurricanes and Kerry/Edwards have 2 things in common - hot air and destruction.)
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To: presidio9

There are SO many ways I could go with this headline...


46 posted on 10/27/2004 12:14:28 PM PDT by rintense (Results matter.)
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To: presidio9

No doubt this is why gay Arabs use camel filters.


47 posted on 10/27/2004 12:17:05 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham ("Ich glaube, du hast in die hosen geschissen!")
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

That is sooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad.

ROFLMPO!!!!!!!!!


48 posted on 10/27/2004 12:18:24 PM PDT by Gabz (Hurricanes and Kerry/Edwards have 2 things in common - hot air and destruction.)
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To: presidio9

Just like lemmings to the cliffs!


49 posted on 10/27/2004 12:19:11 PM PDT by FormerLib (Kosova: "land stolen from Serbs and given to terrorist killers in a futile attempt to appease them.")
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To: presidio9

Not surprising considering the self destructive behavior their gay lifestyle itself engenders.


50 posted on 10/27/2004 12:31:22 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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