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Smoker, Former Smoker and COVID-19: Nicotine Does Not Protect Against SARS-CoV-2Fumador, exfumador y COVID-19: la nicotina no protege contra el SARS-CoV-2

16 March 2021 Jiménez-Ruiz CA, López-Padilla D, Alonso-Arroyo A, Aleixandre-Benavent R, Solano-Reina S, de Granda-Orive JI, Science Direct: To the Editor, We would like to thank Moril et al.1 for their interest in our paper and for prompting us to explore the topic further. The spike protein is responsible for facilitating the entry of SARS-CoV-2 into …

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Association Between Cigarette Smoking and COVID-19 Outcomes

17 May 2021 Alain Braillon, MD, PhD, JAMA Network: To the Editor Lowe et al1 must be commended for being the first to my knowledge to publish a study in a core clinical journal showing evidence that tobacco smoking worsens COVID-19. This publication must end an excessively long controversy nurtured by the poor quality of epidemiological research …

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Open letter to Nikkei

17 May 2021 Bangkok: SEATCA joins renowned organizations in tobacco control in expressing concern over the tobacco industry’s sponsorship in the 26th International Conference on the Future of Asia. The letter reminds the secretariat of the event that the presence and speaker representation of companies including Philip Morris Japan and Philip Morris International may lead …

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The sheep’s clothing of tobacco giant Philip Morris

May 2021 Ties Keyzer, Tim Luimes, Eva Schram (The Investigative Desk) and Stéphane Horal (Le Monde), The Investigative Desk The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World claims to strive for a ‘smoke-free world’. In reality, founder and financier Philip Morris uses the foundation to influence the scientific debate on new ‘smokeless’ products to promote these emerging …

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Paying lip service to publication ethics: scientific publishing practices and the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

1 May 2021 Tess Legg, Michél Legendre, Anna B Gilmore, BMJ Journals: Abstract Litigation forced the dissolution of three major tobacco industry-funded organisations because of their egregious role in spreading scientific misinformation. Yet in 2017, a new scientific organisation—the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW)—was launched, funded entirely by tobacco corporation Philip Morris International (PMI). Experts fear FSFW …

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Vaping the Venom: Oral Cavity Cancer in a Young Adult With Extensive Electronic Cigarette Use

1 May 2021 Darren Klawinski, Issa Hanna, Nathaniel K. Breslin, Howard M. Katzenstein and Daniel J. Indelicato, Pediatrics: Abstract Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the oral cavity is one of the most common malignancies of the head and neck. Risk factors for the development of SCC include infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), tobacco use, and alcohol use. HPV-positive SCC of …

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Are menthol cigarettes more dangerous and when will they be banned in US?

1 May 2021 Graeme Massie, Independent: The US has announced that it will take steps to ban menthol flavoured cigarettes and all flavoured cigars within the next year. The Food and Drug Administration will work to change the rules surrounding the products, which will apply to manufacturers, distributors, retailers, wholesalers and importers. The Biden administration’s aim is …

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Tobacco giant placing ‘stealth adverts’ on Facebook and Instagram, bypassing social media rules

26 April 2021 Matthew Chapman and Ferdinand Moeck, Newsbreak: The world’s third-largest multinational tobacco company has been running disguised adverts for its brands on Facebook and Instagram , enabling it to bypass social media site rules and national laws in order to assist the marketing of cigarettes to teenagers and young people, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal. Japan Tobacco International (JTI) …

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Over 130 public health organizations and experts challenge American Public Health Association

1 March 2021 Kathleen Ruff, RightOnCanada.ca In a letter sent on February 16, 2021 over 130 public health organizations and experts around the world have challenged the American Public Health Association (APHA) to stop publishing and legitimizing the deadly deception of the tobacco industry. APHA’s conduct violates the call of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Federation of Public …

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