Tag - Covid-19

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

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 under-represented among patients seriously ill with covid-19...

World No Tobacco Day: Activists task health workers on cessation therapy for smokers

Anti-tobacco activists have said health professionals have the greatest potential of any group to promote the reduction of tobacco use, as only a few people understand the specific health risks of tobacco use. They made this point during a briefing to mark the World No Tobacco Day, in Lagos, adding that a disturbing reality is...

The COVID-19 pandemic motivates millions of tobacco users to quit, but they need support

“Quitters are the real winners in the case of tobacco”, says the World Health Organization as part of a campaign to help smokers that have decided to quit during the COVID-19 pandemic, but lack the support to do so. A new chatbot and even an AI assistant are ready to aid them in their...

India: A Pandemic Driven Approach to Tobacco Control

As India fights the pandemic with its back to the wall, medical experts have flagged the need to strengthen the tobacco control movement countrywide. Addressing experts from across the country on Sunday at an event organised by the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, health expert Dr Rana J Singh...

We can build a fairer, healthier Africa when we effectively tackle the maneuvers of the tobacco industry.

Lomé, 07 April 2021 This year, World Health Day mandates us to reflect on measures to make the world fairer and healthier. The World Health Organization notes that the world is currently an unequal one because “as COVID-19 has highlighted, some people are able to live healthier lives and have better access to health services...

How the tobacco industry seized on the pandemic as an opportunity

To mark World Health Day, Croakey’s Melissa Sweet digs into a report investigating tobacco industry efforts to undermine public health regulations globally. Many of the report’s themes are relevant for other industries that harm health; its section on the “revolving door” between industry and government/policy makers brings to mind the fossil fuels sector. In the first...

[OPINION] The tragic irony of defending the tobacco industry amid a pandemic

'If the history of the tobacco industry teaches us anything, it is that it cannot be an ally and it cannot be part of the solution, because its interests are diametrically opposed to public health' On March 21, a draft administrative order (AO) barring companies in conflict with public health, like tobacco and alcohol companies,...

What happens when Big Tobacco’s pandemic donations tangle with Philippine politicians drafting new laws?

Major tobacco firms have long used corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities to cosy up to government officials and policy makers across the world. In the Philippines, pandemic donations have been made at a time when an industry-friendly vaping bill was being pushed in Congress. Image: Eco-Business A recent industry-friendly bill could undermine recent tobacco control...

Turkey: Smoking, alcohol make COVID vaccines less effective

Smoking, drinking have negative effect on body's immune system, may reduce effectiveness of vaccines, says doctor Smoking and drinking depress the immune system and so could reduce the effectiveness of vaccines for illnesses such as the flu and coronavirus, according to a senior Turkish physician. Dr. Cevdet Erdol from the Health Sciences University in the Turkish...