A newly published study examined tobacco use among U.S. adults and variations by age, race/ethnicity, and sexual identity-attraction concordance/discordance. Data from the 2012-2013 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions were analyzed.
- Tobacco use was more prevalent among sexual minority-identified adults compared with heterosexual-identified adults.
- Tobacco use among sexual minorities was most prevalent among younger lesbian women and gay men, and all age groups of bisexual men and women.
- Tobacco use was significantly greater among sexual identity-attraction discordant women and significantly lower among sexual identity-attraction discordant men.
The researchers concluded that self-identified bisexual adults and sexual identity-attraction discordant women appear to be at higher risk for adverse smoking-related health consequences as a result of their elevated rates of cigarette smoking.
Source: McCabe et al. (2018). Tobacco Use and Sexual Orientation in a National Cross-sectional Study: Age, Race/Ethnicity, and Sexual Identity-Attraction Differences. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Apr 9. pii: S0749-3797(18)31636-2. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2018.03.009. [Epub ahead of print]