The Toronto Rainbow Tobacco Survey: A Report on Tobacco Use in Toronto’s LGBTTQ Communities

The Rainbow Tobacco Intervention Project (RTIP) conducted the Toronto Rainbow Tobacco Survey to determine the prevalence of smoking in Toronto’s LGBTTQ communities and to raise awareness about high smoking rates in this population. The survey findings are similar to other data that already exists. Overall, 36% of LGBTTQ participants reported current smoking, compared to 17% of Toronto adults (18+) as reported by Toronto Public Health (RRFSS 2005). Smoking prevalence rates are reported for nine different sexual orientation and gender identity groups, including the first known data reporting on gender queer people.