Project Overview +

This project aims to develop a Spanish version of online smoking cessation educational materials that are particular or especially relevant to persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) as well as their care providers.

Aims +

To convert an English version of the web-based Positively Smoke Free program into Spanish.

Participants +

Patients of Montefiore Medical Center AIDS Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Intervention +

This project develops a Spanish version of a web-based smoking cessation program targeted to the unique needs and concerns of persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) who smoke. It addresses the following (non-comprehensive) list of topics identified as important aspects of smoking behaviors in PLWHAs in Dr. Shuter's prior Legacy project:

  • HIV and smoking--a double threat
  • stress management
  • coping with psychiatric illness and illicit substance use during the quitting process
  • smoking in PLWHAs who belong to the LGBT community
  • pharmacotherapy for tobacco dependence in the setting of HIV treatment
  • dispelling myths about HIV and smoking
  • finding appropriate social support during the quitting process
  • living as a non-smoker in smoke-filled environments.

The project goal is well-aligned with Legacy's mission to reduce disparities in access to smoking cessation services.

Findings +

This is not a research study.

Conclusion +

The Monteifore community frequented the Spanish site and found it helpful for initiating behavior change.

Positively Smoke Free - Phase 2

09/01/2009 - 08/31/2010


American Legacy Foundation

Principal Investigator:

Jonathan Shuter, MD


Lawrence C. An, MD