Ontario HIV Treatment Network
The Ontario HIV Treatment Network has been working in
partnership with the Nicotine Dependence Service at CAMH and Toronto Public
Health to encourage HIV-positive people to quit smoking.
Here are some key facts:
People living with HIV are two to three times more likely to smoke than
people without HIV.
Smoking takes a serious toll on the health of people who are
HIV-positive. They will lose more life years to smoking than to HIV itself,
they’re more likely to develop non-AIDS related diseases such as pneumonia and
lung cancer, and they’re less likely to adhere to their antiretroviral therapy.
- Most people living with HIV want to learn more about the impact of
smoking on their health and 40 – 70% want to quit smoking or reduce the number
of cigarettes they smoke.
A new website has been created for smokers living with HIV, AIDS service organizations and Ontario HIV clinics: www.positivequitting.ca. Feel free to distribute to your networks.
Reach out to your local ASO and HIV clinic to let them
know what’s available to them. A
list of Ontario ASOs and HIV clinics (broken down by region) is available here.