A discouraging new report from UNC Chapel Hill confirms earlier findings that gay people are almost twice as likely to smoke than are straights. The numbers come from compiling forty-two studies of smoking habits:
37% of lesbians smoke 18% of straight women smoke
33% of gay men smoke 24% of straight men smoke
The Los Angeles Times quotes the report's lead author as saying, "Likely explanations include the success of tobacco industry's targeted marketing to gays and lesbians, as well as time spent in smoky social venues and stress from discrimination." Read UNC's full press release here.
"Good reasons to smoke" ought to be a self-canceling phrase yielding the null set, but you can read Landsburg's thoughts on the subject here.