Smoking Cessation

Great new Canadian website on smoking and HIV

published: September, 17, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher, Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Health, Smoking Cessation , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Positive Quitting is a partnership between PositiveLite.com and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network to help people living with HIV who want to quit smoking

Great new Canadian website on smoking and HIV

From the OHTN’s Did You Know September 2015 newsletter Working with partners including ACT, PWA, Positive Living Niagara and PositiveLite.com, the OHTN has created a brand new resource on smoking and HIV. Quitting smoking is one of the very best things that someone living with HIV can do to protect their health. Our new website offers videos, apps, links to helplines and workshops, and loads of ideas for smokers living with HIV, AIDS service organizations and HIV clinics. We know that peo

Smoking in the (HIV) workplace

published: April, 28, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy on the issues which Ontario AIDS Service Organizations are starting to face regarding staff who smoke during work hours - and smoking outside the premises

Smoking in the (HIV) workplace

What's the problem? I’m sympathetic to smokers. Honestly. I was one myself after all. In some ways I miss smoking. I quit not because of health concerns - I can be hopeless at looking after myself - but because the spiralling cost of cigarettes was eating  too large a hole in my wallet.  Looking back though, it’s clear the evidence was in even then. Who doesn’t know that smoking is bad for your health?  And if you are person living with HIV, it’s doubly so. Research suggests that

More on the hazards of smoking while HIV-positive

published: March, 13, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Research, Health, Smoking Cessation , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Aidsmap reports “As HIV treatment has improved, it’s been shown that smoking doubles the risk of death for people living with HIV and actually causes more early deaths of HIV-positive people than HIV itself."

More on the hazards of smoking while HIV-positive

This article originally appeared in HIV Update, a publication of NAM/aidsmap.com, here. Republished with permission. Smoking and lung cancer An important theme of the recent Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015) in Seattle, USA, was the impact of smoking on the health of people living with HIV. As HIV treatment has improved, it’s been shown that smoking doubles the risk of death for people living with HIV and actually causes more early deaths of HIV-positive p

To prevent heart attacks, researchers encourage quitting tobacco

published: February, 04, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV

CATIE reports two observational studies that attempt to cast light on the risk of heart attacks among HIV-positive people today.

To prevent heart attacks, researchers encourage quitting tobacco

This article first appeared on the CATIE website here.   Une version française est disponible ici.   In Canada and other high-income countries, the widespread availability of potent combination anti-HIV therapy (commonly called ART or HAART) has greatly reduced the risk of death from AIDS-related infections. ART is so powerful that doctors increasingly expect that some HIV-positive young adults who are recently infected and who begin treatment shortly after diagnosis and are able to tak

Butt out? Smokers with HIV live seven years less

published: January, 23, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Research, Health, Smoking Cessation , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Aidsmap reports smoking doubles risk of death for patients taking HIV therapy

Butt out? Smokers with HIV live seven years less

This article by Michael Carter first appeared on aidsmap.com here.    Republished with permission.  Smoking doubles the mortality risk for people with HIV taking antiretroviral therapy, a study published in AIDS shows. Smokers had an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) and non-AIDS-related cancers, and the life expectancy of a 35-year-old man with HIV was reduced by almost eight years due to smoking. “Smoking was associated with a two-fold increase in mortality,

E-cigarettes

published: November, 04, 2014 Categories // Current Affairs, Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Are they for harm reduction, a tool to help people quit or both? And what about the authorities’ attempts to regulate them? Megan DePutter weighs in on the vaping craze and the issues it raises.

E-cigarettes

Upon moving to Glasgow’s west end, I noticed a number of things about my neighbourhood: a striking abundance of lovely restaurants, cafes filled with appetizing sweets in the windows, cozy pubs, and more electronic cigarette shops than I could count.  I don’t want to comment on whether e-cigarettes are safe, because I can’t pretend to truly know enough about them. However, when I look at some of the arguments against e-cigarettes, I do notice some trends that frequently pop up in harm-

Smoking and HIV

published: September, 15, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, International , Smoking Cessation , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

A UK perspective on smoking and HIV and why, if you smoke, you should probably think about quitting, from GMFA

Smoking and HIV

We all know that smoking is dangerous, and that stopping smoking can improve your health and reduce the risk of smoking-related illnesses whether you’re HIV positive or not. However, smoking can be even more damaging to your health if you have HIV [1].  Smoking has not been shown to make HIV progress any faster than in non-smokers; however, HIV positive smokers are at a higher risk of smoking related illnesses than HIV negative smokers, and smoking has been shown to increase the risk of HI

Rainbow-Coloured Smoke

published: August, 19, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Health, Smoking Cessation , Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy has been looking at smoking in the HIV community, but rates are high in the LGBT community too, which in turn drives HIV smoking prevalence. Today he asks what drives the LGBT smoking epidemic – and who is pulling the strings?

Rainbow-Coloured  Smoke

You may have noticed we’ve talked a lot here about smoking and HIV here lately. Perhaps a word of explanation is needed about the context for all this. Because while I’m personally an ex-smoker – and we all know how annoying non-smokers can be – I’m not a rabid anti-smoker. Really! Some of my best friends are smokers . . .  No really, my live and let live attitude applies to all manner of foibles, least of all smoking. Hell, I even turn a blind eye to religion. But, to be serious,

Brian used to smoke. He doesn’t now.

published: August, 11, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on new initiatives in the US to convince people living with HIV that smoking and HIV just don’t mix and why if you want to stay healthy, you should quit.

Brian used to smoke. He doesn’t now.

Some say that personal testimony is the best persuader of all. Certainly the HIV community has used the technique for years, sending people living with HIV out in the community to talk to others about the experience of living with HIV. Sometimes it’s intended as a deterrent to others to go down that path, although I’ve always preferred an approach which stresses our normality and encourages others to talk openly about HIV. (I never liked to be thought of as "Exhibit A" though.)  We’ve

Positive Quitting

published: November, 15, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Health, Smoking Cessation , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks about a project called Positive Quitting involving PositiveLite.com and the OHTN to put smoking cessation back on the table for those who want to quit and help improve the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV

Positive Quitting

PositiveLite.com and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) are partnering in a project to try to reduce smoking rates in people living with HIV. I invite you to watch our new video which features a person living with HIV, a smoking cessation expert and the OHTN’s Sean Rourke talking about the project. Just why do many people living with HIV smoke? We’d like to turn to the research but there is none specific to that question, but we can listen to the people who do smoke. Or did. Quite a

Health on the go

published: September, 15, 2013 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, General Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Smoking Cessation , Treatment

Wondering about your HIV treatment? How to quit smoking? Or when to take your meds? There’s an app for that, says CATIE

Health on the go

This article by Erica Lee  first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here. Une version française est disponible ici.  There seems to be an app for almost everything these days, and managing your health and HIV is no exception. Let’s face it: Not everyone can afford a smartphone and not everybody wants one, but if you’re the proud owner of one of these hand-held devices, here are a few free apps worth noting. YourDocTalk Whether you’re thinking about starting or

I'm free!

published: September, 08, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Women, Health, International , Smoking Cessation , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

An HIV-positive pastor from Philadelphia proudly announces she has quit cigarettes after smoking for 43 years!

I'm free!

This article By Rev. Andrena Ingram first appeared on TheBody.com here  I have finally announced to my congregation and to my Facebook peeps that I have quit smoking, that I am on the patch and that I would appreciate their prayers! I can't begin to tell you how LIBERATING and FREEING that was! I began smoking at age 15...and have smoked for 43 years. I did have one successful year in seminary when I stopped smoking, but picked up again, after a relationship went sour. Contrary to what folk

How to say “I Quit”—and mean it

published: July, 02, 2013 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Writing for CATIE’s Positive Side, ex-smoker Bob Leahy explains how he butt out for good – and why.

How to say “I Quit”—and mean it

This article previosuly appeared in CATIE’s The Positive Side here.    Une version française est disponible ici.  I’m an ex-smoker. When I smoked, I used to meet scores of fellow HIV-positive smokers, especially outside conference doors during breaks. I must admit that I enjoyed the camaraderie, the chance to connect with people, the ritual. I don’t miss smoking but I do sometimes miss those often-chilly moments outside conference buildings where I made a lot of friends. We smoke

Want help quitting smoking?

published: April, 05, 2013 Categories // Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reports the City of Toronto, in conjunction with CAMH, offers free nicotine replacement therapy (the patch) and support for people who want to quit the habit.

Want help quitting smoking?

“Most people want to quit but do not know where to start. Toronto Public Health wants to support you to make a quit attempt because with support, smokers are 2 - 4 times more likely to be successful. Without support most people will give up.” So says the website of The City of Toronto’s STOP ( Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients) Study for nicotine replacement therapy. It’s a free program, part of a joint research study with CAMH. The STOP (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients)

Quit it!

published: January, 31, 2013 Categories // Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV

Nathaniel Casco is a quitter – and proud of it. Here he talks about how quitting smoking cold turkey worked for him, and the positive changes that resulted from it.

When I was 14, I remember the first time I ever had a drag from a cigarette. It wasn’t for another seven or eight years that I became a regularl smoker. Back then my friend and I wanted to try it. Both our parents were smokers so we figured why not. It was probably the worst experience of my life. That first drag felt like I was going to choke to death. Being young and naïve didn’t stop us; we got used to it and continued to smoke more. I remember being caught twice by my mother, not act

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