"I'm a transgender man… I have to quit smoking for treatment and surgery": Describing the experience of a Latino transgender man during his attempt to quit smoking

Explore (NY). 2023 Jan-Feb;19(1):131-135. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2021.11.005. Epub 2021 Nov 17.


Objective: To describe the experience of a Latino transgender man during his attempt to quit smoking using a text messaging intervention.

Methods: A Latino transgender man enrolled in a smoking cessation randomized controlled trial for Latino smokers. The participant was randomized to Decídetexto, a smoking cessation mobile intervention. The participant received a 24-week text messaging intervention. We assessed text messaging interactivity with the program, satisfaction, and self-reported abstinence at Week 12 and Month 6.

Results: During the 24-week intervention period, the participant sent a total of 287 text messages to the program. When analyzing the content of the text messages sent by the participants, four important themes were identified: 1) gender identity, 2) low social support, 3) stressors (e.g., gender dysphoria), and 4) gender affirmation surgery as a reason to quit smoking. At both Week 12 and Month 6, the participant reported being extremely satisfied with the intervention and self-reported cigarette use.

Conclusion: A smoking cessation mobile intervention generated high satisfaction and frequent interactivity among a Latino transgender man. This case report provides important insights into the experience of one Latino transgender man during his attempt to quit smoking. There is an urgent need to develop or adapt existing smoking cessation interventions to better meet the needs of transgender people.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Self Report
  • Smoking Cessation*
  • Text Messaging*