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School and Program Updates

Columbia’s Tobacco Cessation Initiatives

Dr. Peter Messeri, professor of sociomedical sciences, has recently completed a report on tobacco use in a cohort of persons living with HIV/AIDS residing in the New York City Region for the HIV Health and Human Services Planning Council of NYC. Half of this largely middle aged cohort is current smokers. Although the cohort has regular contact with physicians, who advise them to stop smoking, rates of sustained cessation over 10-year period remain low. These results document urgent need for targeting of effective cessation programs for HIV/AIDS populations (CHAIN Report 2012-9, Tobacco Use, Cessation and Medical Provider Intervention, funded under the City’s Ryan White HATEA Grant).