Tobacco Control and HIV
November 11, 2010
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.
"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. Stay tuned next week for a video with Scout and Matt Myers, President of the the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids about smoking and LGBT/HIV communities.
What are you doing to address tobacco control in the HIV community?
Miguel Gomez is the director of AIDS.gov.
Lung Cancer in the Swiss HIV Cohort Study: Role of Smoking, Immunodeficiency and Pulmonary Infection
Smoking-Related Health Risks Among Persons With HIV in the Strategies for Management of Antiretroviral Therapy Clinical Trial
This article was provided by AIDS.gov.
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