Articles tagged with: smoking cessation programs

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, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Living with HIV, 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

More on the hazards of smoking while HIV-positive

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

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

Smoking and HIV

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

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

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

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

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 // 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

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

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