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  • Wednesday, April 08, 2020
  • Smoking increases risk of coronavirus death, says WHO

  • Health experts have cautioned that smokers are at a higher risk of severe Covid-19 complications compared to non-smokers.

    Cigarette companies have also been urged to stop producing and selling tobacco products to help reduce the risks of the virus. About 2.2 million Kenyans still use tobacco products. Globally, 1.12 billion people are smokers. “When managing Covid-19 involving an addict, withdrawal symptoms worsen the situation. One suffers from the disease and the withdrawal symptoms. This becomes a double tragedy,” the Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance Chairman Joel Gitali told the Star on Tuesday.

  • Tuesday, August 04, 2020
  • Bengt Wiberg interviews Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, M.D.

  • In this special two-part episode, hosts Bengt Wiberg and Michael McGrady dive into the debate related to the use of snus, nicotine, and the potential therapeutic benefits against COVID-19. 

    Bengt also, in the second part, interviews world-renowned tobacco harm reduction expert and cardiologist Konstantinos Farsalinos, a medical doctor and cardiologist.

  • Thursday, July 30, 2020
  • Vaping linked with heart problems

  • In adolescents the use of e-cigarettes doubles the risk of starting to smoke traditional cigarettes, states a position paper [...] "Vaping is marketed towards teenagers and the tobacco industry uses celebrities to promote it as being healthier than smoking," said senior author Professor Maja-Lisa Løchen of UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø.

    "Legislation on the marketing and sales of e-cigarettes varies enormously between countries," said Professor Løchen. "Action is urgently needed to halt the growing use in young people. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that e-cigarettes are harmful to health."

  • Monday, July 27, 2020
  • WHO statement on heated tobacco products and the US FDA decision regarding IQOS

  • WHO takes this opportunity to remind Member States that are Parties to the WHO Framework Convention of Tobacco Control (FCTC) of their obligations under the Convention. Heated tobacco products are tobacco products, meaning that the WHO FCTC fully applies to these products. (Decision FCTC/COP8(22)) Specifically, Article 13.4(a) obliges Parties, to prohibit "all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship that promote a tobacco product by any means that are false, misleading or deceptive or likely to create an erroneous impression about its characteristics, health effects, hazards or emissions."