Your next quit smoking attempt could go the distance
Did you know smoking rates are higher for LGBTQ+ communities than the general population? Quitting cigarettes can be difficult (like your ex!), but every quit attempt is a step closer to stopping smoking for good.
Why should I quit smoking?
There are so many reasons why quitting smoking for good will be the best decision you ever make. Quitting smoking leads to:
- On average, people who quit smoking experience a 40% increase in positive emotions (1)
- You’re more likely to reduce your stress levels by becoming a non-smoker (1)
Reducing your cancer risk
- Smoking causes 16 different types of cancer including lung, throat, mouth, stomach, bowel, bladder, breast and cervical cancer (2)
- Within 5 years of quitting, your risk of cervical cancer is the same as someone who has never smoked (3)
- Ten years after you quit, your risk of lung cancer is less than half that of someone who continues to smoke (3)
Improving your health
- A few months after you quit, you’ll feel fitter and healthier (4)
- Five years after quitting smoking, your risk of stroke has significantly reduced (5)
- 15 years after quitting smoking, your risk of heart disease is around the same as someone who’s never smoked (6)
- Quitting smoking leads to healthier looking skin, including a lower chance of acne and psoriasis (7)
- When you quit smoking, there is less risk of losing your teeth, having yellow teeth or bad breath (8)
- Smoking can cause your nails to turn yellow, but just three months after quitting, the tobacco stains on your fingers begin to fade (9)
- Quitting smoking strengthens your libido and increases your stamina (10, 11)
- If you have a penis, quitting smoking can lead to faster and harder erections (12)
Cha-ching, quitting smoking saves serious money. Let’s say you’re a pack-a-day smoker and spend $42 on cigarettes a day (13):
- $294 per week: World Pride Mardi Gras Party ticket, date night at a restaurant, that air fryer you’ve been eyeing, a couple of Jo Malone scented candles or pole dancing classes you’ve been wanting to do
- $1,176 per month: Removalist to move in (after that successful date night), upgrade your phone, a yoga retreat in the Blue Mountains, personal training sessions to help create the new you, or a long weekend getaway in the bush (no pun intended)!
- $15,288 per year: Holiday to the Greek Islands, pay off your credit card balance or boost your superannuation
- $76,440 in 5 years: A new car, pay off your HECS or start a new degree
- $152,880 in 10 years: A deposit on a new unit or paying off a big chunk of your mortgage
How can I quit smoking?
Finding the right methods for you is so important in your quitting journey. You might use one or many, and different methods at each attempt.
How prevalent is smoking in LGBTQ+ communities?
Research shows that LGBTQ+ communities have higher rates of smoking than the general population.
- 11% of the general Australian population smoke daily (15)
- Amongst gay, lesbian and bisexual people in Australia, 16% smoke daily (15)
- 18% of lesbian, bisexual and queer women (cis and trans) living in Sydney smoke daily (16)
- 18.4% of people living with HIV in Australia smoke daily (17)
There is no data on trans and gender diverse populations and smoking in Australia, however in one national US study 35.5% of trans people smoke daily (18), and in another study from San Francisco 62.3% of trans women smoke daily (19).