HIV Ireland and Positive Now to host World No Tobacco Day event

To mark ‘World No Tobacco Day 2019’, HIV Ireland and Positive Now are hosting an information session about HIV and Smoking, encouraging people living with HIV to get informed and educated about the health risks associated with smoking.

The event takes place on Thursday 30th May from 6pm to 7:30pm at 70 Eccles Street, Dublin 7.  The event is free to attend. Register here.

We invite people living with HIV, and those working in health promotion who may provide smoking cessation information and supports, to attend this free event to learn more about the health effects of smoking when living with HIV.

HIV positive people are more likely to be smokers and the smoking prevalence among people living with HIV in Ireland is significantly higher than that of the general population.

Cigarette smoking is one of the most harmful health concerns facing people with HIV today. There have been several studies worldwide about the impact of smoking on people living with HIV.

Better treatment options have changed the long-term outlook for people with HIV. It’s important that people living with HIV get informed and educated about other health risks that can be magnified because of HIV, even if the virus itself is under control with medication.

Panel of Speakers:

HIV and Smoking: Health Effects and the Benefits of Quitting: Prof. Paddy Mallon, Consultant in Infectious Diseases, St. Vincent’s Hospital and Director of the HIV Molecular Research Group at UCD

I Quit – A Personal Experience: Gerald Browne, Positive Now

Smoking Cessation Supports and Programmes: Noeline White, Smoking Cessation Service, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

Quit to Fit Challenge: Peter Daly, NiQuitin

Supports at HIV Ireland – Survey: Susan Donlon, HIV Ireland

This event is free of charge – registration is essential as places are limited at the venue.

Hot finger food and refreshments will be served.

This event is brought to you with the kind support of NiQuitin® and the Smoking Cessation Service at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.