Smoking Cessation for People Living With HIV/AIDS: A Literature Review and Synthesis

Nicotine Tob Res. 2016 Dec;18(12):2177-2184. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntw126. Epub 2016 May 31.


Introduction: People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) are more likely to smoke cigarettes than are individuals in the general population. The health implications of tobacco use are substantially more dire among PLWHA than among otherwise healthy smokers, including higher rates of various cancers, cardiovascular disease, inflammation, and lung infections. Efficacious behavioral and medication treatments for treating nicotine dependence have rarely been investigated in PLWHA.

Methods: We present a review of studies examining the efficacy of smoking cessation interventions.

Results and conclusions: The literature reveals some limited evidence for the efficacy of behavioral interventions. However, the research literature on these interventions is sparse and the efficacy findings are mixed. Studies exploring the use of mobile technologies for reducing treatment barriers are becoming more prevalent. Few published trials have directly examined the efficacy of pharmacological smoking cessation interventions among PLWHA. Specific gaps in the treatment literature are discussed in detail, and a strategy is presented for developing a greater understanding of factors that contribute to the efficacy of smoking cessation among PLWHA.

Implications: This paper provides the most comprehensive review to date on smoking cessation intervention research conducted with PLWHA. It also discusses specific gaps in the literature that should be a priority for future research.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Behavior Therapy*
  • HIV Infections*
  • Humans
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*