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Suit filed against anti-smoking group over links to ‘Big Tobacco’

15 January 2021 The Journal: Several accusations have been made by the former anti-smoking foundation’s director of social media. A FORMER EMPLOYEE has filed a suit against the Smoke-Free World foundation, charging she was fired after raising concerns the non-profit was taking orders from tobacco companies, including promoting teen vaping. In the whistleblower suit filed …

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Beverly Hills and Manhattan Beach, California Make History for Public Health

5 January 2021 PR News Wire Their Ordinances to Ban the Sale of Tobacco Are in Effect Today SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — On January 1st, two cities in California made giant strides for public health by removing tobacco products from stores. Beverly Hills and Manhattan Beach, became the only jurisdictions in the U.S. to eliminate the sale of commercial tobacco, although …

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Youth using e-cigarettes three times as likely to become daily cigarette smokers

11 January 2021 University of California – San Diago, Eurekalert: Age at first use and number of tobacco products consumed also increases addiction risk An analysis of a large nationally representative longitudinal study by University of California San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science report that starting tobacco products, including …

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Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine contender: Medicago’s breakthrough, ties to Big Tobacco and warnings a pandemic was coming

11 January 2021 Carolyn Jarvis & Emanuela Campanella, Global News: Under a winter’s snow cover on the outskirts of Quebec City, a high-tech greenhouse, set at a balmy 23 C, is growing row after row of a weed that could help end the coronavirus pandemic. It’s called Nicotiana benthamiana, a relative of the tobacco plant, native to …

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Smoking associated with increased risk of COVID-19 symptoms

6 January, 2021 King’s College London, Science Daily: Smoking is associated with an increased risk of COVID-19 symptoms and smokers are more likely to attend hospital than non-smokers, a study has found. The study published today in Thorax, by researchers from King’s College London, investigates the association between smoking and the severity of the COVID-19. Researchers …

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The tobacco industry, 2020: a snapshot

9 December 2020 Ruth E Malone, BMJ Journals: Abstract Tobacco Control as a journal has long been focused not only on addressing the negative disease-promoting impacts of tobacco products but on the industry that produced them. From its inception, the journal has had a normative aim. Tobacco Control is focused primarily on research and analysis that advance understanding …

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Philippines: Dark side to Big Tobacco’s Covid-19 CSR activities?

16 December 2020 Lina Sagaral Reyes, Eco-Business: Donations of ventilators and supplies are part of a ‘classic tactic’ by the industry to get close to governments and try to undermine health policies, say public health advocates. Should tobacco firms’ CSR activities be allowed? On 26 March this year, as the Philippines recorded 707 Covid-19 cases two …

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FCTC Article 2.1 and the next horizon in tobacco policy: Phasing out commercial sales

December 2020 Chris Bostic, Marita Hefler, Guy Muller, Mary Assunta, Tobacco Induced Diseases: Webinars during COP Week 2020Webinar WHO FCTC Article 2.1: The Overlooked Article’s Impact on Endgame In the absence of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people in tobacco control worldwide would have been at the Hague, Netherlands, from 9–14 November for the 9th Conference …

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Tabare Vazquez, Uruguay Leader Who Slew Big Tobacco, Dies at 80

6 December 2020 Ken Parks, Bloomberg: Uruguay’s first left-wing president Tabare Vazquez, who beat tobacco maker Philip Morris in a landmark international court ruling and greatly expanded his country’s welfare state, has died in Montevideo. He was 80. His death was confirmed by his Broad Front party on its webpage on Sunday. Vazquez passed away following a …

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