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DC Council
State Senator
Tommy Wells 5
State Senator
Yvette Alexander
State Senator
Jim Graham 4
State Senator
Jack Evans
State Senator
Muriel Bowser
State Senator
Mary Cheh
State Senator
Marion Barry
State Senator
Anita Bonds
State Senator
David Grosso
State Senator
Phil Mendelson
State Senator
David Catania
State Senator
Vincent Orange 4

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

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.


Letter to
DC Council
State Senator Tommy Wells 5
State Senator Yvette Alexander
and 10 others
State Senator Jim Graham 4
State Senator Jack Evans
State Senator Muriel Bowser
State Senator Mary Cheh
State Senator Marion Barry
State Senator Anita Bonds
State Senator David Grosso
State Senator Phil Mendelson
State Senator David Catania
State Senator Vincent Orange 4
I urge you to make information about the dangers of smoking while living with HIV available with all tobacco purchases in the District of Columbia.

At least 15,000 people over the age of 12 in D.C. 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.

According to Dr. Ann Labriola, a HIV Research Director, Director of the HIV Smoking Cessation Program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), and an Associate Professor of Medicine at George Washington University Medical Center (GWUMC), “… it's very important that both HIV-care providers and HIV-infected smokers know that complications from smoking can represent a more serious health risk than HIV disease for patients who are taking their HIV medications and are otherwise well.”

A first step towards helping reduce the rates of HIV+ smokers is raising awareness. Tobacco companies are not in the business of looking out for people’s health and many HIV+ smokers don’t know that smoking can seriously complicate your treatment. District residents deserve all the facts so that they can make informed decisions.

Sincerely,