Use of E-Cigarettes for Smoking Harm Reduction among People Living with HIV/AIDS
Funded by: Center for Drug Use and HIV Research
Project dates: August 2019 - August 2022
Principal Investigator: El-Shahawy O

Smoking-related illnesses are leading causes of non HIV/AIDS-related deaths among people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). FDA-approved smoking cessation medications have not been effective with this vulnerable population. Replacing combustible cigarette smoking with e-cigarette use can help PLWHA reduce the harm of smoking through reductions in number of cigarettes per day or quitting combustible cigarette smoking completely.

This study assessed the feasibility, acceptability and preliminary efficacy of e-cigarettes as a harm reduction strategy. It compared e-cigarette use to nicotine replacement therapy on cessation of combustible cigarette use or reductions in the number of combustible cigarettes smoked per day.