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Smoking and Vaping. Bigger in the LGBT Community? New Study on Teens Sheds Light on the Matter.

Is the jury still out on vaping?  Is it good for you?  Are there health risks? Does it actually help you quit smoking?  Are LGBT people vaping more than straight people?  Are people vaping that never smoked in the first place?

We'll have to wait and see about all of those questions above, but we're sure you have your own personal opinions about vaping.

But one question that has recently been answered is are members of the LGBT community vaping more than others?

A recent study by the Ohio Department of Health found that Ohio's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender teens have substantially higher rates of e-cigarette use than straight youth. The study was conducted during the 2016-2017 school year.

  • LGB teens were far more likely to say they had vaped or smoked in the past 30 days than their straight or questioning counterparts.
     
  • Those who described themselves as transgender or gender nonconforming were far more likely to vape or smoke than their male and female peers.
     
  • Transgender teens used e-cigarettes at twice the rate of males or females, according to the survey.
     
  • Transgender or gender nonconforming were far more likely to vape or smoke than their male and female peers.

 

To feel a sense of belonging, to deal with stress, those were the two main reasons transgender students stated they vaped and/or smoked.

Are your LGBT friends smoking and vaping more than your straight ones?

Do you judge someone if they smoke or vape?

If you smoke or vape, do you feel judged?

 


h/t: Images from Cleveland.com