HIV and Smoking

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From aids.gov

“…the smoking rate is two to three times higher (than the national average) among adults who are HIV-positive.”

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States, causing nearly one out of five deaths in the United States each year.

Smoking increases your risk of developing lung cancer and other cancers, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and other diseases, and of dying early.

For these reasons, smoking is a significant health issue for all individuals, but it is even more of a concern for people living with HIV, who tend to smoke more than the general population. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 19% of adults in the United States are smokers. However, the smoking rate is two to three times higher among adults who are HIV-positive.

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