For People Living with HIV
Not sure you want to quit? We get it!
If you’re a person living with HIV, you may have already been told that you should quit smoking. We know it’s not that simple.
Check out our Positive Quitting video. It starts with a person living with HIV talking about the things he loves about smoking—the calming effect, the appetite control, the stress relief. Adrian is aware of his addiction, and says that when he does quit, it will be because he wants to, not because he has to.
Then Shannon Carney, a Toronto Public Health nurse, talks about how there is no such thing as “failing” at quitting (it’s true!), and Sean Rourke, Executive Director of the OHTN, talks about how important it is to help people make healthy choices—when they’re ready to do so.
Smoking as an HIV issue
Do you know that, for the first time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has included a person living with HIV in its Tips from Former Smokers campaign? Click below to watch Brian’s story about having a smoking-related stroke—and how he now sees quitting as one of the greatest things that a person living with HIV can do to protect their health.
A first-person story
For a first-person take on quitting smoking, read PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy’s article: How to Say ‘I Quit’—and Mean It. Bob is one of the founders of Positive Quitting, and he talks about how his views on smoking began to change after the introduction of antiretroviral therapy in 1996—and how his “failed” quit attempts actually led to success.
Reproduced with the permission of CATIE.
Expert perspectives on smoking and HIV
In this video, cardiovascular expert Dr. Marek Smieja and addictions expert Dr. Peter Selby talk about the health effects of smoking and why quitting is so hard. Learn more about smoking and ART, and how quitting smoking can reduce depression and anxiety – leaving you (in the long run) feeling much better!
We know that many smokers living with HIV want to quit. Here are some resources to get you started.
BookletsThe Canadian Cancer Society has special information for gay, lesbian, and bisexual people who smoke.
It also offers “One Step at a Time” booklets for:
The Canadian Cancer Society runs a help and information line about quitting smoking.
Smokers’ Helpline can be reached at www.smokershelpline.ca or at 1-877-513-5333.
The Smokers’ Helpline website also offers: