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  • Monday, March 30, 2020
  • Smoking, vaping and hospitalization for COVID-19

  • The study presents an analysis of the current smoking prevalence among hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in China, compared to the population smoking prevalence in China (52.1% in males and 2.7% in females). Through a systematic research of the literature (PubMed) we identified 7 studies examining the clinical characteristics of a total of 2352 hospitalized COVID-19 patients that presented data on the smoking status. The expected number of smokers was calculated using the formula Expected smokers = (males x 0.521) + (females x 0.027). [...]

  • Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Virus Hammers Vape Producers – and Taxes Boost Smoking

  • Vapers in the USA – and potentially around the world – are facing the threat of shortages as the coronavirus epidemic continues to paralyse swathes of the Chinese economy. Meanwhile a new study of US sales data shows that high taxes on vapour products are pushing ex-smokers back to harmful tobacco – just as harm reduction advocates have warned for years. This doesn’t seem to matter to lawmakers, though, as they continue to push for taxes and bans using ever more dishonest methods.

  • Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Chinese e-cigarette firm Relx to open 10,000 stores within three years

  • E-cigarette company Relx Technology said on Saturday it will open 10,000 stores globally over the next three years in a big expansion for the Chinese vaping startup.

    Relx currently has more than 1,400 stores globally, the majority of which are located in China and run by third-parties.

    The company’s retail outlets, as it expands, will be a combination of company-owned stores such as its first flagship store in China, unveiled at a news conference on Saturday, and franchised locations. The new Shanghai store is a sleek 140-square-meter shop in the Nanjing West Road shopping district.

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019
  • Hong Kong to impose full ban on e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products

  • Hong Kong is set to impose a complete ban on e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products in an unexpected U-turn by the government, which had previously proposed only to restrict their sale to minors.

    The initiative will be announced by Chief Executive 
    Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor
     in her policy address on Wednesday, as she responds to myriad social concerns with nearly 250 initiatives aimed at tackling issues such as housing, land supply, health care, welfare and livelihood.
  • Friday, April 03, 2020
  • VAPING, SARS-CoV-2 AND COVID-19 TECHNICAL INFORMATION FOR VAPERS Update 2 April 2020

  • As new data and studies are emerging on the SARS-CoV-2, we will be  constantly upgrading technical information. The present upgrade incorporates information on (1) more recent misinformation (Bloomberg News),  (2) new data on COVID-19 vs smoking and (3) more information on environmental vapor

  • Friday, April 03, 2020
  • Science In Crisis | Precipitous fall from Climate, to Vaping to COVID19 | RegWatch (Live)

  • Marc Morano is quite simply the world’s number one climate contrarian, a dogged opponent of hysterical science, and a denier of the prophecies of climate doom. In this episode of RegWatch, Morano joins to discuss the crisis in science that many have recognized with regard to vaping and are now becoming aware of due to the disastrous, catastrophic, overreaction to COVID19 by the scientific community and public health agencies the world over.