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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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Coronavirus: People warned not to smoke after French researchers suggest it could protect against infection

25 April 2020 Zoe Tidman, Independent ‘The message to smokers should be exactly the same: to stop,’ says professor of epidemiology Scientists have warned people not to smoke after a French study has suggested smokers could be less likely to get symptomatic coronavirus. Researchers in France have put forward the idea that nicotine could protect against infection, and one study has shown …

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FDA Says Smokers May Have Higher Risk of Catching Covid-19

21 April 2020 Tiffany Kary, Bloomberg The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made a second revision on its stance about the risks of Covid-19 and nicotine, saying that cigarettes also increase the chances of catching the disease. “People who smoke cigarettes may be at increased risk of infection with the virus that causes Covid-19, and …

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Tobacco, vaping industries seize opportunities in coronavirus with freebies, donations

17 April 2020 Emily Baumgaertner Los Angeles Times Running low on surgical masks during the pandemic? You can get two for free by ordering a Moti Piin, a battery-powered vaping pen, from the company’s online shop. Or buy sleek cartridges from Smok, another e-cigarette brand, and earn chances to win disposable gloves and up to …

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Sales of minty vape products surged after Juul stopped selling fruity flavors, study finds

16 April 2020 Arman Azad CNN (CNN)Facing pressure from regulators over an epidemic of youth vaping, e-cigarette giant Juul announced in late 2018 that it would stop selling certain flavors in US stores, including “fruit” and “mango.” But a new study from the American Cancer Society, looking at the critical months that followed, found that …

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Tobacco giant BAT slides on report of U.S. criminal investigation

14 April 2020Siddharth Cavale and Anurag Maan in Bengaluru; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips, Arun Koyyur and David GoodmanReuters (Reuters) – British American Tobacco (BAT) (BATS.L) is the subject of a U.S. criminal investigation over suspected sanctions-busting, The Times reported bit.ly/2ydR5Wm on Tuesday, sending the company’s shares down more than 5%. The world’s second-biggest tobacco group on Tuesday …

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Smokers and Vapers May Be at Greater Risk for Covid-19

10 April 2020 Jan HoffmanThe New York Times Tobacco and marijuana products damage lungs, where the virus does its harm. Health officials are urging people to quit, and temporary sales bans are even being discussed. Anxious times — like a pandemic — can lead to unhealthy but self-soothing habits, whether it’s reaching for a bag of …

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