The American Lung Association confirms what we've known for a long time, something that afflicts LGBT people that study after study has shown us particularly susceptible to:
The study indicates the LGBT population smokes at a higher rate than the general public. Data show that gay, bisexual and transgender men are up to 2.5 times more likely to smoke than heterosexual men. Lesbian, bisexual and transgender women are up to twice as likely to smoke as straight women.
I don't really know what it is. Some blame it on the stress of being a minority. Some blame it on gay bar culture. I've heard it blamed on the counter-cultural cache of smoking. Still others say it's a lack of creativity when it comes to making up group activities among LGBT people. Some blame marketing campaigns to LGBT people (don't we usually like marketing campaigns that mention us?).
But those numbers are really high for LGBT people, so it's probably not any one thing. What could we do to bring those numbers down?