Tell the DC Council: Make information about the dangers of smoking while living with HIV available with all tobacco purchases in DC
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DC Council
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State Sen. Tommy Wells
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State Sen. Yvette Alexander
District of Columbia-001
State Sen. Jim Graham
District of Columbia-002
State Sen. Jack Evans
District of Columbia-004
State Sen. Muriel Bowser
District of Columbia-003
State Sen. Mary Cheh
District of Columbia-008
State Sen. Marion Barry
District of Columbia-000B
State Sen. Anita Bonds
District of Columbia-000C
State Sen. David Grosso
District of Columbia-000E
State Sen. Phil Mendelson
District of Columbia-000D
State Sen. David Catania
District of Columbia-000A
State Sen. Vincent Orange

Tell the DC Council: Make information about the dangers of smoking while living with HIV available with all tobacco purchases in DC

    1. Petition by

      DC Center for the LGBT Community

As organizations that work with HIV+ individuals and the wider LGBT community, The DC Center for the LGBT Community, the DC Trans Coalition, the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the Latino GLBT History Project, Metro Teen AIDS, SMYAL, and Transgender Health Empowerment are calling on the DC government to make information available at all stores that sell tobacco products about the additional dangers of smoking while living with HIV.

At least 15,000 people over the age of 12 in the District of Columbia are living with HIV and between 60% and 70% of people living with HIV smoke. Tobacco use can seriously complicate HIV treatment – and HIV+ smokers have a higher risk for both HIV and smoking-related disease.

Tobacco companies are not in the business of looking out for people’s health and many HIV positive smokers don’t know that smoking can seriously complicate your treatment. District residents deserve all the facts so that they can make informed decisions.

Tell the DC Council: Make information about the dangers of smoking while living with HIV available with all tobacco purchases in the District of Columbia.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Anneke Mohr MADISON, WI
      • over 2 years ago

      I worked as a case manager at Whitman Walker and saw the financial strain smoking took on people's budgets. Money that could have been used for housing or food was instead being spent on cigarettes. I went on to study tobacco policy in graduate school and learned that smoking when HIV+ can increase nausea, making people living with HIV less likely to adhere to medications and more likely to progress to AIDS much faster.

    • David Phillips BERWYN HEIGHTS, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      Tobacco smoke contains hundreds of chemicals including many known carcinogens, and virtually no research has been done on the interactions between anti-retroviral medications and those chemicals and their metabolites.

    • Larry Didier ROCKFORD, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      I work in tobacco prevention/cessation and know that the LGBT generally has higher smoking rates - so I'm concerned from that perspective. However, the rel'p with HIV/ AIDS was something that I was unaware of.

    • Barbara P Sullivan STATEN ISLAND, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Although I'm not from DC, I am as strong advocate for both tobacco control and prevention and people living with HIV and AIDS.. This issue works in both areas.

    • Joseph Izzo WASHINGTON,, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      I've worked as a psychotherapist with people with HIV/AIDS for the last 26 years. The last four clients with HIV, all of whom weree smokers, died of emphysema, lung cancer and two with pneumonia that was not responsive to treatment because their lungs were so damaged from smoking.


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