The virus that causes COVID-19 attacks the respiratory system, and it is well settled that smoking makes one more susceptible to respiratory infections. Transmission of the virus could also happen through hand-to-mouth action of smoking, vaping or waterpipe smoking, and potentially, through exhaled air.  Hence, to prevent COVID-19 infection; smoking, vaping, and waterpipe smoking have […]

‘Corona-washing’: How the tobacco industry is advancing its interests in the midst of the pandemic

Tobacco companies are using familiar tactics to maintain profitability and create a positive image during the pandemic. Cigarettes are not considered to be essential consumer goods in most countries and therefore are not included in national planning to ensure supply to the general public. As many small shops selling food and essential products remain open, […]

Petition to the COVID-19 National Task-force: Government has a Duty to Protect Public Health Laws and Policies from Commercial and Other Vested Interests of the Tobacco Industry

Government has a duty to protect public health laws and policies from commercial and other vested interests of the Tobacco industry We, the Uganda National Health Users’/Consumers’ Organization call upon the COVID-19 National Task-force to look into the issue of the contribution from Leaf Tobacco and Merchandise LTD and Meridian Tobacco Company to the COVID-19 […]

Will Indonesia mitigate COVID-19 by enforcing stronger tobacco control

President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, has been sent an appeal to urgently strengthen the response to corona virus disease in the country, by stronger enforcement of comprehensive and evidence-based tobacco control measures, which includes immediate ratification of the global tobacco treaty (World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control). Studies in various countries globally show that people […]

  Experts and policy makers have actively raised awareness about how smokers and vapers should quit outright as a precautionary/ preventive measure during the pandemic. Some governments have temporarily banned or restricted sales of tobacco, vaping products, and waterpipes, or categorized these as non-essential products; and this effectively, in a pragmatic way, rolls practically all the global tobacco treaty’s […]

  The tobacco industry which is known to be the vector of the tobacco epidemic, causing at least 1.4 trillion dollars of economic losses annually along with 8 million deaths, is now further contributing to an increased burden on the healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.  To ensure that its culpability goes undetected during the […]

Coronavirus and tobacco industry duplicity

Lately, tobacco corporations have been getting special mention in the news just like they have always wanted. They crave the publicity. From donations to governments, unverified claims of new vaccines and proposals for partnerships, among others, one thing is certain: The same companies whose products kill an estimated eight million people annually, according to the […]

Sex difference and smoking predisposition in patients with COVID-19

Author: Cai, H., 2020. The outbreak of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is quickly turning into a pandemic. Although the disease is now better contained in China, 32 702 cases remain as of March 2, 2020. 10 566 cases and 166 deaths outside of China had been reported as of March 3 (WHO situation report 43), which […]