Articles tagged with: quit smoking

Smoking's pernicious impact worse with HIV Infection

published: March, 18, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Research, Health, International , Smoking Cessation , Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

The Body Pro reports smoking leads all preventable causes of death across the world.And it's more deadly in people with HIV than in HIV-negative people

Smoking's pernicious impact worse with HIV Infection

This article by Mark Mascolini from The Center for AIDS Information & Advocacy also appeared in The Body Pro here.   Summary: Smoking exacts a huge toll on the health of everyone who becomes addicted to nicotine. That toll is greater in people with HIV, and not only because as a group they smoke more than the general population. Research shows that smoking subtracts more years from the life of a middle-aged person with HIV than HIV itself. Nicotine addiction raises the risk of allcause

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

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

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

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

Sometimes you gotta butt out: ten days later

published: September, 13, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // General Health, Mental Health, Health, Smoking Cessation , Brian Finch

I did like the Italian “Glamour” cigarettes I was smoking. The same as the nelly little ones I smoked in Canada, but with a pretty flower on the filter.

Sometimes you gotta butt out: ten days later

Ten days later: still not smoking. It’s funny, no later than a few hours into quitting smoking did I have my first smoking dream. The antibiotics I was taking were knocking me out that Saturday, so I slept all morning. It’s easy to start the day off not smoking when you’re asleep.  But alas, as I drifted in and out of sleep, I dozed off again and  - bang  - I was right in to a dream having a cigarette. My thoughts were, “What? I’m not supposed to be smoking. Why am I s

Smoking Cessation- part 3 of 3

published: October, 27, 2010 Categories // Health, Smoking Cessation

Quitting smoking has numerous health benefits. Twelve hours after quitting, carbon monoxide levels in your body drop to normal. One year after quitting, your added risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker'

The current data from Canada and US indicates the LGBT population smokes at a higher rate than the general public.  The key facts regarding this disparity include: gay, bisexual and transgender men are 2.0 to 2.5 times more likely to smoke than heterosexual men.  Lesbian, bisexual and transgender women are 1.5 to 2.0 times more likely to smoke than heterosexual women.  Bisexual boys and girls have some of the highest smoking rates when compared with both their heterosexual and h

I Dumped Miley For Lady Gaga: No Smoking Part 2

So I promised y'all that I would keep you updated on how things were going with my attempt to quit smoking, so here is the skinny....

It has been 21 days since I have had a smoke... yippee fracking doo da!! (sorry folks that's just about as much enthusiasm as I can muster at this point) In short, I hate it!! It really blows!! Now don't get me wrong, my wallet has never been happier, not to mention my checking account. But even actually having money, (as of yet anyway) has not seemed to brighten my mood. I have turned into a rhymes with witch in the last week. It seems that everything gets on my nerves, my boyfriend, my cat,