Tag - Covid-19

[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...

India: Smoking can’t protect against Covid, it makes antibodies disappear — Experts on CSIR study

A CSIR study said smokers had low seroprevalence. But doctors said smoking reduces immunity, which makes antibodies disappear faster — which is why seroprevalence may be lower. New Delhi: Health experts have countered a pan-India CSIR serosurvey that said smokers were found to have lower seroprevalence, indicating that they are at lesser risk of contracting...

Smokers, vegetarians at lesser risk of contracting Covid-19: CSIR survey

The survey also found that those with blood group 'O' may be less susceptible to the infection, while people with 'B' and 'AB' blood groups were at a higher risk. New Delhi: Smokers and vegetarians were found to have lower seropositivity indicating that they may be at a lesser risk of getting infected by coronavirus,...

Philippine: Dark side to Big Tobacco’s Covid-19 CSR activities?

Donations of ventilators and supplies are part of a ‘classic tactic’ by the industry to get close to governments and try to undermine health policies, say public health advocates. Should tobacco firms’ CSR activities be allowed? On 26 March this year, as the Philippines recorded 707 Covid-19 cases two weeks into a nationwide lockdown to...

British American Tobacco wins approval to test Covid vaccine on humans

British American Tobacco has moved a step closer to producing a vaccine for coronavirus using tobacco plants, as it won approval in the US to begin testing on humans. The company behind cigarette brands including Lucky Strike, Rothmans and Benson & Hedges said the US Food & Drug Administration had given it clearance to begin...

Altria Highlights Adult Tobacco Consumers’ Challenges Amid COVID-19

Company gives update on Altria’s products at Outlook Leadership Community. CHICAGO — To say 2020 has been uncertain is an understatement, Danielle Lindsay, senior manager of sales analytics at Altria Group Distribution Co. (AGDC) said. “As COVID-19 resurges, there’s growing concern for the long-term economic impact to the United States with implications for the adult tobacco...

British American Tobacco says Covid will cost it less than previously thought thanks to overturning of South African cigarette sales ban

BAT's brands include Dunhill, Lucky Strike and vaping brands Vuse and Vype  Global industry cigarette and THP volumes are forecast to drop by 5% this year  The coronavirus has brought further worries over the harms of smoking tobacco British American Tobacco has lowered its predicted blow from the Covid-19 pandemic despite taking a significant hit...