Smoking and vaping among lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people: results of a Proud2BSmokefree survey
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Smoking and vaping among lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people: results of a Proud2BSmokefree survey

Lawrence Roberts Macmillan LGBT project worker, Christie NHS Foundation Trust/LGBT Cancer Support Alliance, Manchester, England
Benjamin Heyworth Survivorship manager, Christie NHS Foundation Trust/LGBT Cancer Support Alliance, Machester, England
Andrew Gilliver Pride in practice/community involvement coordinator, LGBT Foundation, Manchester, England
Peter Mackereth Tobacco control lead nurse (former), Christie NHS Foundation Trust/LGBT Cancer Support Alliance, Manchester, England

There is evidence of a causal link between smoking and cancer, and its effects on cancer survivorship. Smoking is common among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans (LGBT) population, but data on cancer rates, and engagement with smoking cessation services, are poor. This article describes, and reports results of, a survey of smoking and electronic cigarette use (vaping) among attendees of the annual Manchester LGBT Pride festival. Results suggest that smoking triggers include social situations, partners/friends smoking, stress, drinking alcohol, needing to take a break/move away from difficult situations and relieving boredom. There was also reported use of vaping, combining smoking and vaping, and slipping back to smoking in social situations.

‘Trans’ and ‘in another way’ are used in the article as inclusive terms to embrace transgender, gender non-conforming, gender variant, gender queer, non-binary and non-gender people.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 16, 10, 35-41. doi: 10.7748/cnp.2017.e1435

Correspondence

lawrence.roberts@christie.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

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Received: 02 May 2017

Accepted: 07 July 2017

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