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Covid 19: How harm reduction advocates and the tobacco industry capitalised on the pandemic to promote nicotine

2 June 2021 Stéphane Horel, Ties Keyzer. Source: The BMJ Scientific papers suggesting that smokers are less likely to fall ill with covid-19 are being discredited as links to the tobacco industry are revealed, report Stéphane Horel and Ties Keyzer In the early days of the pandemic, media outlets around the world reported that smokers seemed to be …

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Spatial, temporal, and demographic patterns in prevalence of smoking tobacco use and attributable disease burden in 204 countries and territories, 1990–2019

A systematic analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019 27 May 2021 GBD 2019 Tobacco Collaborators. Source: The Lancet Summary Background Ending the global tobacco epidemic is a defining challenge in global health. Timely and comprehensive estimates of the prevalence of smoking tobacco use and attributable disease burden are needed to guide tobacco …

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The Tobacco Endgame

26 May 2021 JeffreyWillettPhD, StephanAchenbachMD, Fausto J.PintoMD, PhD, AthenaPoppasMD, Mitchell S.V.ElkindMD, MS. Source: Science Direct Eradicating a Worsening Epidemic A Joint Opinion From the American Heart Association, World Heart Federation, American College of Cardiology, and the European Society of Cardiology The views expressed in this manuscript are those of the authors and therefore do not …

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Juul Wanted to Disrupt Big Tobacco. Instead It Created an Epidemic of Addiction.

25 May 2021 Sheelah kolhatkar, Source: New York Times THE DEVIL’S PLAYBOOKBig Tobacco, Juul, and the Addiction of a New GenerationBy Lauren Etter Beginning around 2017, upper-middle-class parents who already had the threat of online bullying, screen addiction, drugs, alcohol and college admissions to worry about were confronted with a new menace to their children’s …

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FSFW’s 2020 tax return reveals deep links to the tobacco industry + other findings

27 May 2021 Source: STOP Industry Brief Since its beginning in 2017, the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) touted “independence and transparency” as two of its core principles, despite being wholly funded by tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI). In 2018, its mask of “independence” began to slip; the Foundation’s tax return confirmed PMI …

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Risk of lung cancer increased almost 10-fold among Australians smoking as few as 1-5 cigarettes per day

28 May 2021, Source: The Daffodil Centre New evidence reveals cancer risk increases with every cigarette, even for light smokers Today, in advance of World No Tobacco Day, The Daffodil Centre released an Australian first study, with findings showing tobacco smoking significantly increased the risk of 12 types of cancer and that 1-in-7 current smokers will get …

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Big Tobacco Hooked Black Americans On Menthols. Now It Fights Ban As Racial Injustice

25 May 2021 Chris D’Angelo, Source: Huffpost Tobacco giant Altria is “feeding into the fears of Black folks” and “taking advantage of the climate of demand for social justice,” said one civil rights activist. The tobacco industry has a long, well-documented history of targeting Black Americans with menthol cigarette advertisements, and the result is that …

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Toxicity assessment of flavour chemicals used in e-cigarettes: current state and future challenges

22 May 2021 Sophia Barhdadi, Vera Rogiers, Eric Deconinck, Tamara Vanhaecke, Springer Link: Since its introduction more than a decade ago, the e-cigarette has gained an enormous popularity. One of the main reasons for the ever increasing attractiveness is its availability in many different flavours (Bals et al. 2019). In 2007, more than 7000 flavours were used in …

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Juul Finds Hell Hath No Fury Like an Army of Really Rich Parents

14 May 2021 Lauren Etter, Bloomberg: If you want to turn a secretive hedge fund manager and his deep-pocketed allies into activists, hook their kids on vaping. An excerpt from the new book The Devil’s Playbook. Atherton, Calif., once a quiet whistle-stop along the Southern Pacific Railroad, is situated 30 miles south of San Francisco and …

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Could the COVID-19 Positive Asymptomatic Tobacco Smoker be a Silent Superspeader?

12 May 2021 Muscat Baron Y, Mattioli 1885: Abstract There appears to be a connection between COVID-19 infection and an airborne microscopic pollutant called particulate matter which has been suggested to act as vector for viral transmission. The highest human exposure to particulate matter occurs during smoking and to a lesser extent applies to 2nd hand …

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