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LGBT People In U.S. Spend An Estimated $7.9 Billion Per Year On Cigarettes

in UNITED STATES, 19/01/2014

“It really is time for smoking to come out of the closet as the top issue health issue affecting LGBT people today,” a leading LGBT health researcher tells BuzzFeed. New statistics released alongside the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Tobacco and Health reveal high costs of smoking within the nation’s LGBT communities.

LGBT Americans spend more on cigarettes than all LGBT advocacy causes combined, according to new estimates provided to BuzzFeed Thursday by the Network for LGBT Health Equity.

“It’s a brutal truth,” said Dr. Scout, the network’s director, of the findings. “We’re spending more on something that kills us than everyone else is spending to help us.”

The statistics come just ahead of the release of the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Tobacco and Health, which details the impacts of smoking. And while smoking is “far and beyond” the biggest health problem LGBT populations face, cracking down on smoking in these communities is often overshadowed by suicide and HIV prevention, Scout said.

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