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January 20, 2014

Neuroscientist suggests if women live a stressful life, take drugs or smoke while pregnant then it can lead to a child having a lower IQ and an 'influenced sexuality'

Smoking while pregnant can lead to a woman giving birth to a gay child, a scientist has claimed.

Dick Swaab, professor of neurobiology at Amsterdam Biology, claims a woman’s lifestyle while pregnant can have an impact on the development of their babies.

He suggested if they live a stressful life, take drugs, drink or smoke can lower a child’s IQ and ‘influence’ the sexuality.

‘Pre-birth exposure to both nicotine and amphetamines increases the chance of lesbian daughters,’ Swaab told the Sunday Times.

October 18, 2013

Rick Scarborough: 'Homosexuality much more likely leads to AIDS than smoking leads to cancer'

Tea Party Unity founder Rick Scarborough wants a class action lawsuit to be filed against homosexuality.

Scarborough floated the idea at a Tea Party Unity event on Thursday (17 October) and suggested it would be similar to lawsuits filed against tobacco companies in the 1990s.

May 5, 2013

US group Faith 2 Action has produced a video mocking the book Heather Has Two Mommies which compares teaching kids about same-sex parented families to teaching them how to smoke

A US Christian group campaigning against LGBT rights has produced a video mocking the book Heather Has Two Mommies in which a woman reads a book called ‘Heather Has Two Cigarettes’ to a group of children she has given cigarettes to.

The woman is Janet Porter, founder of the anti-abortion rights, anti-gay Faith 2 Action group.

‘Heather has two cigarettes – should she smoke them herself or share them with you?’ she says, to which the children cheer.

Porter then gives packets of cigarettes to the children.

March 14, 2012

Why gay men and women in particular should pledge to stub out their smoking habit on 14 March 2012

You may know that 14 March is No Smoking Day in Britain. But what is far less well known is that the average gay man or lesbian is far more likely to smoke, and to suffer the consequences, than straight people.

The British Heart Foundation launched the UK-wide charity No Smoking Day in 1983 to tackle the UK’s addiction to tobacco, which has proven to be more addictive than heroin. In fact, cigarettes are the only product that kills 50% of its consumers when they follow manufacturer directions.

March 14, 2012

How e-cigarettes could be an easier way to quit your smoking habit

Smoking – everyone knows it’s bad for them and a habit that fast becomes a potential life-time addiction. Smoking a cigarette isn't just about that addictive nicotine hit, it’s a tactile experience, bound up with emotions and surroundings.

Studies show that gay men and women are particularly at risk of smoking. So we are keen to highlight ways of cutting down smoking or quitting the habit altogether.

February 29, 2012

Figures show LGBT people smoke more than straights

British gay, lesbian, bi and trans smokers are being urged to quit for No Smoking Day by health charity British Heart Foundation.

Every year on 14 March, the campaign is responsible for helping thousands of smokers to quit. It is hoped the solidarity of quitting together can help smokers to finally kick the bad habit.

According to the charity, smoking rates are often higher in LGBT communities. For example, 36% of gay men in the UK smoke, much higher than the national average of 21%.