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Menthol Cigarette Smoking among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Adults

Wednesday, October 8, 2014  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine published, “Menthol Cigarette Smoking among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Adults.” The new study shows LGBT adults smoke menthol cigarettes at more than twice the rate of straight adults, 10% vs. 4%. The new data also show LGBT smokers use menthol cigarettes at a rate more than 20% higher than straight smokers (36% vs. 29%). The disparities are even more pronounced among certain groups within the LGBT community, with significantly higher uses of menthol among gay women, LGBT smokers with less than a high school education and LGBT smokers in the 25 to 34 age group.


Authors of the new study from the University of Kentucky, UCSF, and the CDC explain that younger people, women, and racial/ethnic minorities also have higher prevalence of menthol cigarette smoking, which is consistent with previous surveys. Here please find a copy of the article for your review.

Source: CDC/Office on Smoking and Health

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