Did you know: Smoking rates in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) communities are about double the national average? We're here to support people in the LGBTIQ+ community who smoke to quit - Quit is a culturally safe space!
We all know that when you stop smoking, your physical health improves. But physical wellbeing is just the beginning:
- Stopping smoking also improves your mental health and reduces your stress levels.
- When you stop smoking, you free up money previously spent on cigarettes to put towards your lifestyle goals like holidays and events, savings, a new car, dining out and other experiences.
- As well as greater savings, you free up your time to do the things that are important to you.
- Research shows that stopping smoking also improves recovery from alcohol and other drug use.
Quitline (13 7848) is a culturally safe space
In January 2019, we worked with the LGBTIQ+ community to continue to make Quitline an inclusive and culturally safe space. Quitline counsellors can chat to you in a culturally appropriate and accessible way. You'll also find peers working in the service.
Since this collaboration, calls to the Quitline from the LGBTIQ+ community have increased.
Quitline counsellors offer personalised support over your quitting journey. They can help you plan, make and sustain your quit attempt.
Calling Quitline increases your chance of quitting successfully. Call the Quitline on 13 7848 or request a Quitline callback.
Why is smoking more common in LGBTIQ+ communities?
Common reasons people in the LGBTIQ+ community list for taking up smoking include:
- coping with stress
- experiencing discrimination
- social anxiety
- rejection from loved ones
- experience of trauma
- social normalisation in social circles and venues
- links to alcohol and other drug use.
How to stop smoking?
The most effective way to stop smoking is to combine behavioural support from a service like Quitline (13 7848) with nicotine replacement therapy or prescribed stop smoking medication.
To give yourself the best chance to stop smoking, it helps to:
- Set up a quit plan.
- Make changes to your routine to reduce triggers to smoke.
- Think about ways to reduce stress.
Not everyone succeeds the first time they try to stop smoking, and some people will try multiple times before they succeed.
Matilda Mercury shares her story of quitting smoking. Hear about smoking in the LGBTIQ+ community, what inspired Matilda to quit, and the many benefits Matilda continues to enjoy as a result of stopping smoking:
Also watch Declan's story for more tips and inspiration.
Watch the QuitFlicks films, made by and for the LGBTIQ+ community
We partnered with Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Thorne Harbour Health to provide a platform from which budding filmmakers across Australia could produce short films that empower LGBTIQ+ communities to live smokefree. The resulting short films are powerful, innovative and sincere - made by and for the LGBTIQ+ community. Watch all the QuitFlicks short films here.
Our work with the LGBTIQ+ community
Read more about our partnerships with the LGBTIQ+ community and our exciting work.