Articles tagged with: research on smoking in people living with HIV

Positive Quitting

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

How to say “I Quit”—and mean it

published: July, 02, 2013 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, 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

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, Revolving Door, International , Smoking Cessation , Guest Authors, Living with HIV

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 , Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, 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

More Bad News about Smoking

published: June, 27, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, 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