SmokingI quit smoking years ago. Like many people, it was a social thing for me. I especially liked to smoke cigarettes when I drank alcohol. I quit drinking almost ten years ago, and gave up the cigarettes soon after that.

Lots of my friends, especially the gay ones, still smoke. Gays and lesbians are more than twice as likely than their straight counterparts to be smokers. It doesn’t matter who you are, gay or straight, you should quit smoking – it’s killing you. We should all urge our friends and family to stop smoking.

I wrote a piece for the Huffington Post about smoking among LGBT people, and I give some tips for talking to your your loved ones about smoking. Read it here.