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Dr. Koh speaking to the press after the release of the Tobacco Strategy

Dr. Koh speaking to the press after the release of the Tobacco Strategy

Yesterday, Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius launched the first ever comprehensive tobacco control strategic action plan, Ending the Tobacco Epidemic: A Tobacco Control Strategic Action Plan (PDF) that outlines specific, evidence-based actions that will help create a society free of tobacco-related death and disease.

During a press conference at George Washington University, Dr. Koh and Secretary Sebelius were joined by Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who announced new bolder graphic warning labels for cigarette packages and advertisements. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) also issued proposed regulations that would require states to offer free smoking cessation counseling and treatment to Medicaid enrollees who are pregnant.  

Scout from the LGBT Tobacco Control Network

Scout from the LGBT Tobacco Control Network Exit Disclaimer

Tobacco use and HIV/AIDS individually and taken together have tremendous health impacts. Smoking rates of people living with HIV are estimated to be two to three times higher than the national average Exit Disclaimer. There is an increasing body of evidence that smokers living with HIV have an increased mortality rates than HIV postive non-smokers Exit Disclaimer.

"This is especially important for populations that are dually effected, such as communities of color and the LGBT community. We need to make sure that our HIV programs are integrating tobacco cessation activities and we need to make sure that our tobacco cessation programs are integrating with HIV interventions," said Scout, Director of the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network Exit Disclaimer. Stay tuned next week for a video with Scout and Matt Myers, President of the the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Exit Disclaimer about smoking and LGBT/HIV communities.

What are you doing to address tobacco control in the HIV community?

Comments

  1. Dr.Prakash Sanchetee says:

    Yes i completely agree with this field,in my field work notice that pre-during-post HIV,tobacco playing
    imported role for assessment & out come of the preventive & treatment.
    Total need for holistic approach to reach the community with unique program to deal with this problem.
    Dr.Prakash Sanchetee MBBS,DMCW,DPH,PGDHH,PGDHA
    Address–A/120,Lake Garden,Kolkata,India
    Email dr_prakashsanchetee@yahoo.co.in

  2. Di Hurley says:

    I was pleased to see this hitherto unrecognised issue being highlighted. Although I have no direct experience of those with HIV, I am guessing that people with this condition suffer a great deal of stress related to it. Stress is often the factor that prevents people from stopping smoking and this, in turn, increases stress levels. Smoking cessation and tobacco control initiatives need to address this in order to help people with HIV to stop smoking.

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