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Study: Young gay people in England twice as likely to smoke

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  1. Underaviaduct 29 Aug 2013, 5:56pm

    Interesting to note that 3.5% identified as LGBT in a good sized sample: significantly higher than the latest ONS study would have us believe.

    Given class sizes are 30-35 kids, then it really is true that ‘there is one in every class’, as any teacher would tell you.

    But, seriously, stop smoking kids ;-)

  2. Soshul Wurka 29 Aug 2013, 6:27pm

    Gay people generally have no self-respect. We need to find out why. Is it society’s reaction to us, or is it part of the ‘homosexual nervous system’? After all, if something is not destined to recreate, is it not inherently prone to being self-destructive? The consequences to the wider society will be minimal.

    1. The “why” is well known and well studied. If you grow up hearing large parts of the media, members of your family, your school, your co-workers, your “mates” on the sports team and high profile community figures, such as MP’s, religious leaders and professional athletes say that someone like you is disgusting, misguided or, at best, a waste, that does affect how you view yourself. This applies to most (or all) minorities.
      The “not destined to recreate” argument is disingenuous. This argument reduces an extremely complex issue to precisely 2 zero-dimensional points: procreate biologically or destroy – no other options available. Very old-style biblical, but not realistic. The opposite of having children is to have no children, not annihilation. I have gay and straight friends who did not, or could not procreate and most are not prone to self-destruction. I have gay, bi and straight friends who did procreate and some of them are quite self-destructive.

  3. This supports earlier research. I’d imagine when you think about the higher probabilities of encountering bullying in social circles and lack of acceptance at home compared with heterosexual young people then it’s not especially surprising. I’d imagine similar outcomes for all young people who face those issues, it’s just that they’re a lot more common for queer youth.

    1. Underaviaduct 29 Aug 2013, 6:37pm

      Sorry, reported you instead of a thumbs up :-) please can the Report button not be so close to the Like button?

  4. Ciaran McHale 29 Aug 2013, 6:40pm

    I wonder how long it will be before homophobes call for a ban on the sale of cigarettes in the belief that smoking causes not just cancer but also homosexuality.

  5. Tell me about it! 9 out of 10 that i was first attracted to, then took out the ciggy’s. Instant turn off

    yuk, yuk, and thrice yuk.

  6. Jan Bridget 29 Aug 2013, 10:43pm

    In the USA sexual orientation has been included in large health risk surveys of young people in schools for many years. It is only relatively recently this has been introduced in Britain which is providing findings which substantiate several small scale research projects on LGBT young people that have taken place across the country over the years, including my own in Calderdale.

    Next month the findings of a huge survey of over 9,000 young LGBT people aged between 16 and 25 will be published by Youth Chances. I expect these findings will also confirm what small scale research (and large scale research from abroad) has been telling us for years: just how vulnerable LGBT young people are.

    1. Jan Bridget 29 Aug 2013, 10:45pm

      My question is what is going to be done about it? Many LGBT youth groups have been forced to close due to lack of funding and appropriate support. And most mainstream services set up to support young people with specific needs, such as alcohol treatment services, have no idea how to respond to the specific needs of this group.

      For further evidence and more information about why LGBT young people are vulnerable and what can be done click on my name.

  7. Evolutionary dead end. It’s natural they’d want to self-destruct.

    1. Guglielmo Marinaro 30 Aug 2013, 5:57pm

      Who is this psychopath, when he’s at home?

  8. Don Harrison 1 Sep 2013, 9:39am

    Yes as a gay young man I smoked. But I was strong enough to give up cigarettes.

  9. well perhaps the cigs are used to groom young people
    some predators might see a youngster coming out as a green light to have sex with them
    also if society wasn’t so judgemental then maybe ‘coming out’ wouldn’t be necessary anyway

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