Did you know that Oregonians living with HIV are 2 times more likely to smoke than adults statewide? Tobacco use is an even bigger issue for people living with HIV (PLWH) than for others. For PLWH tobacco use can:
o put you at greater risk of tobacco-related conditions like cancers, cardiac disease, and strokes
o make your HIV medications less effective
o decrease your quality of life
o possible lead to premature death
CAREAssist members who use tobacco and wish to quit are eligible to receive services from the Oregon Tobacco Quit Line(1-800-784-8669). CAREAssist members are also eligible for a variety of resources, including prescription medication and nicotine replacement (patches, gum or lozenges) to help you quit.
For those of you who do not have CAREAssist, tobacco cessation is also available. Contact your Care Coordinator and they will help you find resources accepted through your private insurance.
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