Lesbian, gay and bisexual adolescents more likely than other teens to smoke

Updated On : 29 Mar , 2017 , 08:27 AM
Lesbian, gay and bisexual adolescents smokes more than any other (File Photo)
Lesbian, gay and bisexual adolescents smokes more than any other (File Photo)
New Delhi:

In a new study, it has been found that lesbians and bisexual teens are keen to smoke than an adolescent. According to a US study, Lesbian, gay and bisexual adolescents uses more tobacco and tobacco products than heterosexual teens.

The study has also highlighted gender differences in smoking habits.In the study it has been found that 41 percent of lesbian or gay teens use tobacco products and 39 percent of bisexual young people.

The study’s lead author Dr Jongying Dai of the Children’s Mercy Hospital and the University of Missouri says: “Gender does matter in tobacco use among sexual minority youth.

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”In the study it was found that lesbians were more than twice as likely as straight girls to smoke. Gay teens, however, had roughly the same odds of tobacco use as heterosexual boys. "Gender does matter in tobacco use among sexual minority youth," said lead study author Dr. Hongying Dai of Children's Mercy Hospital and the University of Missouri in Kansas City.

Providing a strong support system at home can make a difference, said Heather Corliss, a public-health researcher at San Diego State University who wasn't involved in the study."The most important thing parents can do is to support their teens unconditionally and without judgment.

This recommendation applies to parents of all teens regardless of their sexual orientation," Corliss said by email."Teens who have a strong attachment to a parent are less likely to use tobacco than those who are less connected to their family," she added.

"Parents should foster strong relationships with their teens, while at the same time maintaining consistent rules and limits."

First Published : Wednesday, March 29, 2017 08:20 AM
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