LGBTI People

The LGBTI community is specifically targeted by big tobacco

Smoking rates are much higher among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals, than among heterosexual Australians.

When youth tobacco advertising stopped, corporate tobacco intentionally tried to get specific groups of people to buy and use their products, including the LGBTI community.

The LGBTI community’s prevalence of smoking is more than double the national smoking rate and it is precisely because of this that a greater focus is needed to discourage it.

Each year, more deaths result from tobacco use in the LGBTI community than from HIV, illicit drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides and murders combined.

ACOSH has been working with PrideWA and WA Aids Council to raise awareness of the alarmingly high prevalence of smoking among the LGBTI community and to challenge the social norm of smoking by incorporating smoking designated areas at the PrideFest, FAIR Day and other LGBTI events.

For more information on smoking among the LGBTI communities, please see the following links:

The stats


of homosexual/bisexual people smoke compared to 12.8% of the Australian general adult population


of LGBTI youth smoke in compared to 5% of the general youth population

Source: National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2016 and 2010, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [AIHW]