International Updates

Coronavirus may be worse for smokers and vapers. And youth won’t save you.

15 May 2020 Dr. Mark Calarco, NBC News The research is new, but evidence suggests smoking may dramatically worsen COVID-19.   In early March, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told journalists that a 22-year-old Brooklyn man had been hospitalized with a COVID-19 diagnosis. The man didn’t appear to have any pre-existing conditions; all doctors knew …

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Tobacco use and coronavirus (COVID-19): A deadly but preventable association

27 May 2020 Patricio V. Marquez, World Bank As we mark World No Tobacco Day on May 31, let’s consider the impact of tobacco use on coronavirus (COVID-19) outcomes.  The virus has infected more than 5.5 million people in 188 countries and territories, killing more than 350,000. Tobacco use is causally linked to diseases of nearly all organs of …

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Big Tobacco use menthol cigarette ban to promote rival products

25 May 2020 Matthew Chapman, The Bureau of Investigate Journalism The tobacco giant Philip Morris has taken advantage of the UK’s ban on menthol cigarettes to promote its new tobacco product, despite heavy restrictions on advertising tobacco. In the run up to the ban the company hired sales reps to promote its menthol heated tobacco …

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Health Ministry for halting production, sale of tobacco products

20 May 2020 Independent Online/UNB The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday urged the authorities concerned to suspend production, supply, marketing, and sale of all kinds of tobacco products in Bangladesh to help fight against coronavirus. The Health Services Division of the ministry issued a letter to the Industries Ministry in this regard, …

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How Big Tobacco uses disruptive tactics to deny child rights to be tobacco-free

1 May 2020 Jones, A., Ingenta Connect Abstract: The denial of children’s rights is at the heart of the tobacco industry’s interference in health policies. Big Tobacco (composed of the five largest tobacco companies) controls 80% of the global market, and mergers and acquisitions have solidified interference on an industrial scale. Driven by shareholder demand …

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Vaping may damage the heart just as smoking does

29 April 2020 Aimee Cunningham, ScienceNews Both vapers and smokers show signs of blood vessel damage, compared with people who do neither Switching from smoking to vaping may not help with cardiovascular health. Researchers performed tests on the vascular systems of more than 400 healthy adults aged 21 to 45. Study participants who use cigarettes, e-cigarettes …

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The tobacco industry is trying to get cigarettes classified as an ‘essential’ item during lockdown

26 April 2020 Ian Hamilton, Independent Far from viewing the coronavirus pandemic as a problem, the tobacco industry thinks it is great opportunity – even offering to deliver to those in isolation Without a puff of irony, British American Tobacco announced earlier this month it was making making progress in its research towards developing a vaccine for Covid-19. If successful, …

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