Positive Quitting

Published 09, Feb, 2016
Author // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research

Here’s an update on an ongoing initiative in Ontario designed to help people living with HIV through the process of quitting smoking

Positive Quitting

The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) and PositiveLite.com have partnered in a project to reduce smoking rates in people living with HIV, given the harmful effects on our health, quality of life and other related factors. Here’s the OHTN’s Diana Campbell with an update. 


We here at Positive Quitting wanted to send an update about smoking cessation activities in Ontario. There’s been a lot of activity across the province and some good momentum building as we draw attention to the benefits of quitting.

Partner updates

CAMH runs the STOP Program (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients), which provides free nicotine replacement therapy and counselling support through community health centres in Ontario. CAMH is assessing whether to expand STOP to the HIV Outpatient Clinic Network. Filling out this survey will help STOP connect with smokers living with HIV.

We’ve been working with Toronto Public Health to raise awareness of smoking and HIV within the Tobacco Control Area Networks (TCAN). TCAN coordinators are the local experts on smoking cessation – providing waiting room information, training and links to smoking cessation clinics. The Toronto TCAN is now reaching out to Toronto area ASOs and HIV clinics, and they can reach out to Tanya Mahajan, Health Promotion Consultant, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We’ve posted a list of Ontario public health unit smoking cessation experts, so you can find the smoking cessation rep for your area.

HIV Clinic updates

HIV clinics at Sunnybrook Hospital, Lakeridge Health, Hamilton Health Sciences Centre, Ottawa Hospital and the Windsor Regional Hospital are now asking clients about smoking cessation at each appointment.

The Infectious Disease Care Program at St. Joseph’s Health Care in London is assessing results of a three month pilot study on smoking cessation, anxiety and depression. Results will help the program tap into resources available at St. Joseph’s to help patients quit smoking.

The OASIS clinic at Sandy Hill Community Health Centre in Ottawa has recruited 80 participants to the PROMPT study. PROMPT is a peer driven research project addressing high smoking rates among people who use drugs. Preliminary results are showing significant reductions in tobacco use.

The HIV and ASO at Guelph’s HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health Centre are working together to make sure that smokers assessed at the clinic have access to smoking cessation resources available at the ASO.

AIDS Service Organization (ASO) updates

Positive Living Niagara has gone smoke free! Executive Director Glenn Walker describes how the agency made the switch. Guelph’s HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health (ARCH) is prepping to be STOP ready. AIDS Committee of Windsor staff have done STOP training, AIDS Committee of Toronto staff have completed smoking cessation training with Toronto Public Health, and the AIDS Committee of York Region is planning a health and wellness blog and has asked PQ to be a regular contributor.

If you want to share information about what your clinic or ASO is planning this year, or share a smoking related story, please contact Diana Campbell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research

Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research

The Ontario HIV Treatment Network is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.  We are a network composed of:

  • People with HIV
  • Academic and community-based researchers
  • Members of AIDS service organizations and other community groups
  • Decision makers from all levels of government and various community groups
  • Health care providers

We promote excellence and innovation in HIV treatment, research, education and prevention in Ontario to:

  • Improve the health and well being of people with HIV
  • Contribute to HIV prevention efforts
  • Promote knowledge exchange among all HIV stakeholders
  • Ensure value for resources

For more information the OHTN please visit their website.