Stop Smoking Support
Did You know?
- There are higher levels of smoking among people with HIV than in the general population and that HIV positive smokers are at a higher risk of smoking-related illnesses such as cancer. Smoking also increases the risk of some long-term side effects of HIV disease and treatment, including osteoporosis (weak bones that can lead to fractures) and the risk of a heart attack or a stroke. http://www.aidsmap.com/about-hiv/smoking
- There is strong evidence to suggest that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people smoke more than the wider population. This means that LGBT people are at increased risk of smoking-related illness. https://ash.org.uk/information-and-resources/health-inequalities/health-inequalities-resources/smoking-and-the-lgbt-community/
Research shows that specifically tailored smoking cessation programmes are likely to be effective for those who identify as LGBT and those that are HIV positive. They can target otherwise overlooked reasons for smoking; for example, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and stigmatisation.
All in all, quitting smoking is going to be one of the best decisions you make!
We have trained smoking cessation workers who can support people to quit smoking. We provide this service to:
- People from LGBT communities; and
- People living with HIV.
Support during an attempt to quit smoking includes prescribing nicotine replacement products, regular face-to-face meetings and CO monitoring.
For more information about stopping smoking, click here https://yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk/