Why are LGBTQ people so much more likely to use tobacco? For the same reasons straight people smoke – stress, mostly.
But our stress is different. Most people can’t relate to the stress of being discriminated against. The stress of not being accepted by your family. The stress of being singled out for abuse for who you are. But we know all about that.
It doesn’t help that smoking is rampant in our community. When you’re out, it can feel like everyone is stepping outside for a smoke. When our friends and even our partners smoke, it makes it so much harder to quit.
But here’s the good news.
When you get help — like coaching and quit medications — you can quit for good. Medications like nicotine patches, gum and varenicline tablets (Chantix) can help control cravings, upping your chances to stay tobacco-free.
You may not be used to asking for help. We didn’t get to where we are today without fighting every step along the way. But nicotine is different. It’s one of the most addictive substances around. Most people have to try between five and seven times before they finally quit for good.3
So if you’ve tried to quit before, you’re in good company. Don’t give up! Be proud that you are trying again.