Smoking Cessation

For people with HIV, smoking is now more damaging than HIV itself

published: January, 12, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Research, Health, Smoking Cessation , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Smoking has a bigger impact on the prognosis of HIV-positive patients than HIV-related factors

For people with HIV, smoking is now more damaging than HIV itself

This article by Michael Carter originally appeared on aidsmap.com here.   Republished with permission.   Much of the increased mortality seen in patients with HIV can be attributed to smoking, Danish investigators report in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. “The loss of life-years associated with smoking was larger than that associated with HIV,” write the investigators. The authors believe their findings have important implications for HIV care, showing the importan

Smoking the biggest single risk factor for acute heart disease in people with HIV

published: November, 30, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Research, Health, Smoking Cessation , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

From aidsmap.com comes evidence which presents one more reason why smoking and HIV are not a healthy combination.

 Smoking the biggest single risk factor for acute heart disease in people with HIV

This article by Michael Carter first appeared on aidsmap.com here   and is republished with permission. Smoking is the single biggest risk factor for acute coronary syndrome in HIV-positive adults, Spanish researchers report in the online edition of HIV Medicine. Smoking was a much more important factor than diabetes and hypertension combined.  “Future efforts to decrease the burden of cardiovascular disease should focus on developing widespread and effective smoking cessation strategie

Notes from a quitter.

published: November, 26, 2012 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Health, Smoking Cessation , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Philip Minaker

Smoking that is, but not life. Philip Minaker looks back on his recent successful attempt to quit his smoking habit, but also is proud of a string of other life changes along the way.

Notes from a quitter.

We evolve from both unexpected events and those we facilitate ourselves, regardless of whether they are good or bad. Physically, mentally and/or emotionally the best we can do is turn those lemons into lemonade. It is our faith, optimism and the love of those near and dear to us (including ourselves) that serves as the motivation to keep us slugging away.  Life is indeed a journey filled with many hills and valleys riddled with all sorts of obstacles. It’s not always easy to make changes o

Great American Smokeout: An Opportunity for Smokers Living with HIV to Improve their Health

published: November, 15, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Events, Health, International , Smoking Cessation , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

OK, this is from the US, but we couldn’t resist posting it, given PositiveLite.com’s interest in helping people living with HIV have healthier, longer lives. Today, November 15, 2102 is the Great American Smokeout. Thought of making it a Canadian one too?

Great American Smokeout: An Opportunity for Smokers Living with HIV to Improve their Health

This article by  Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, origiinally appeared on AIDS.gov Blog here.  Across the country, many people are preparing to take an important step to improve their health today; they are planning to quit smoking. Why today? It’s the 37th Great American Smokeout. Organized annually by the American Cance

The Smoking Project with Sean Rourke

published: November, 12, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Features and Interviews, Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Today marks the unveiling of an important collaboration between ourselves and the OHTN designed to bridge research and action, to improve the health and well-being of people living with HIV who smoke. Here Bob Leahy interviews OHTN head Sean Rourke.

The Smoking Project with Sean Rourke

Many people will know Dr. Sean Rourke, Scientific and Executive Director of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN). He’s approachable, eloquent and clearly highly committed. You’ll get a sense of all that in the video which follows where he talks about The Smoking Project. I don’t want to paraphrase what he says, but one of the frustrations of anyone involved in the research field must be the historic difficulty of turning research in to practice. “I think the OHTN’s role is to p

Help for quitting

published: November, 01, 2012 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV

CATIE on smoking cessation: Innovative group therapy–centered support found to double quit rate

Help for quitting

This article first appeared on the website of CATIE here.  Une version française est disponible ici.  Surveys have found that tobacco use is common among some HIV-positive people. As much as 40% of some clinic populations have been found to smoke cigarettes. In the time before potent combination anti-HIV therapy (commonly called ART or HAART) became widely available, smoking cessation was not a major concern for HIV-positive people and their health care providers. In the present era, re

Smoking cessation counselling and treatment during routine HIV care helps patients to quit

published: October, 02, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Research, Health, Smoking Cessation , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Research recommends that smoking cessation for people with HIV should be a topic of discussion in any physician-patient contact.

Smoking cessation counselling and treatment during routine HIV care helps patients to quit

This article by Michael Carter was first published in aidsmap.com here.  The provision of smoking cessation counselling and therapy during routine HIV care increases the chances that patients will stop smoking and stay stopped, according to Swiss research published in HIV Medicine. Physicians at the Zurich HIV clinic received training about smoking cessation counselling and the use of medication to help those wanting to quit. Compared to other patients in the Swiss HIV Cohort, people who r

Helping HIVers who want to quit smoking: a status report

published: September, 25, 2012 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Research, Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Smoking rates in HIVers are higher than in the general population. So PositiveLite.com asked the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) to conduct a review of smoking cessation programs for people living with HIV: what’s out there and how is it working?

Helping HIVers who want to quit smoking: a status report

This report was produced by the Ontario HIV Treatment Network’s Rapid Response Service. You can read the report online here. The Question: What research has been conducted regarding smoking cessation programs/interventions geared specifically towards people with HIV/AIDS (PHAs) who smoke?  Key Take-Home Messages Tobacco smoking is much more common among PHAs than in the HIV-negative population (1-5) While most medical providers offer some form of smoking cessation services, AIDS Se

Up in Smoke

published: July, 06, 2012 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV

CATIE weighs in on smoking with “The ifs, ands or buts of butting out”

Up in Smoke

This article by Andrea Rudd first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE,  in 2004. Une version française est disponible ici.    HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED how many HIV positive people smoke? I’m always amazed when I go to events in the community and see people puffing away outside. Don’t they know that smoking kills 45,000 Canadians each year — three times more than car accidents, suicides, murder and AIDS combined?!  I’m not one to judge. As an ex-smoker, I rememb

More Bad News about Smoking

published: June, 27, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Activism, Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

OHTN Cohort Study data adds to our knowledge of what smoking does to the health and quality of life of people living with HIV who smoke – and the news is not good. Bob Leahy points to what has to happen next.

More Bad News about Smoking

It’s something we’ve been told for years – the best way to improve health and wellness outcomes is stopping smoking, a habit currently shared  by about 58% of people living with HIV according to (2007)  Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN)  Ontario Cohort Study (OCS) data.  If there is good news here, it’s that this prevalence rate is down from over 70% in 2001. But HIVers’ smoking rates remain much higher than in the general population, where nicotine use stands at about 20%. T

The non-smoking room

published: June, 26, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Health, Smoking Cessation , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Christopher Banks reports on an uncommon program to help gay men stop smoking that has particular relevance for people with HIV who smoke.

One of my favourite episodes of the exquisite British sitcom The Smoking Room is “Quitters”, (see below) where the disparate habitants of the eponymous workplace smoking room have to sit through a patronizing anti-smoking lecture led by a man dressed as a giant cigarette. The product of gay writer Brian Dooley, and starring a host of British comic talent, it showed at its heart that smoking brings people together: even if they all hate each other. At GMFA in London, there’s a different

Turning a Blind Eye to Smoking No Longer

published: June, 19, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // General Health, Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Smoking, common in our community, harms HIVers' health more than any other factor. So Bob Leahy comes out swinging against ASOs who don’t help HIVers stop smoking

Turning a Blind Eye to Smoking No Longer

This article first appeared in Bob’s column on The Body here. It's time, I'm afraid, to turn a critical gaze on those with HIV who smoke -- but more importantly those service providers who ignore that life-threatening issue. Because where we are now as a community on this issue, a community who should be leaders in promoting healthy choices is, frankly, third-rate. There, I've said it. Stop reading, unfriend me. Call me a bore. But no matter, I'm joining the painfully thin ranks of those w

My re-intervention

published: March, 19, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Population Specific

Rob Newman on his battle with trying to give up smoking . .

My re-intervention

As so often happens, it is the day before my next article is due and I am struggling for a topic to write about … I turn to my friends and colleagues for their input as to what this month’s rant should be and with a resounding chorus of voices I was asked to re-visit my smoking demons and what has transpired for me since my quit date of November 6, 2011. Well, if you haven’t already figured it out, I momentarily fell off the wagon ….right around the same time that I fell off my balcon

My own private AIDS awareness

published: November, 28, 2011 Categories // Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV

Rob Newman says “Here we are once again in the midst of AIDS Awareness Week with all the activities we have in our communities - but for me I find myself in the midst of my own AIDS awareness”.

I got sick again … when I look back on my calendar (because I have no memory) I realize that it’s only been 5 months since I was last sent to bed with pneumonia… and here I am again, only worse….this time they kept me overnight in the hospital; a good friend and a nameless doctor gave me what I hope is the slap I needed.  I have been smoke free for three weeks as I write this latest rant. I have been doing a lot of work in the past month since my latest diagnosis of pneumonia, ye

Gluing myself together & 30 days of no smoking!

published: September, 28, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Smoking Cessation , Brian Finch

Slowly the pieces of the puzzle are coming together. Since my being down about five weeks ago I've done a complete turn around.

Gluing myself together & 30 days of no smoking!

It is now about a month into not smoking. I actually don't remember the date I stopped, which is a good thing. It's amazing how easily I can slide into smoking and then get myself out of it when I'm mentally prepared to do it. The key part is staying this way. I still have dreams where I'm stressed out about something; I have a debate in my dream head about whether it's worth it to go out and by a pack. Even though I don't think about it during the day, my mind obviously is still quite connect

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