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  • Wednesday, January 08, 2020
  • Vaping: It’s not the nicotine that kills you ― Hafidz Baharom

  • With the New Year, comes the resolutions. And for my little project, it is to convince smokers to switch from cigarettes to either an electric cigarette, or a vape. Especially in these few months that the Ministry of Health is motivated to issue compounds to smokers.

    Personally, I don’t see it lasting till after February. Hopefully they will prove me wrong.


    Coming from a family of five smokers being myself and my brothers with a father having retired from smoking after swearing to do so in Mecca (yes, some do take it seriously), there is a need to shift towards less harmful alternatives.

  • Thursday, December 05, 2019
  • Majority of Malaysians polled want sale of e-cigarettes legalised

  • 69 per cent of Malaysian smokers say they want to see legislation that would allow for the distribution and sale of nicotine e-cigarettes so that they can have a viable alternative to help them quit regular cigarettes.

    A majority of Malaysians, or about 66 per cent, believe the government is not doing enough to help smokers quit.

    [...] The poll also found that 58 per cent of Malaysians surveyed believe that nicotine e-cigarettes should be taxed but at a level lower than that of regular cigarettes to encourage people to switch and quit smoking.

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2020

  • A good reference reviewing the available evidence on the relation between smoking, vaping and COVID-
    19 is the article written by Farsalinos, Barbouni and Nyaura [10] (see also the professional blog entry of

    Farsalinos [11]). The authors conclude after reviewing the data from five studies on patients infected by
    SARS-CoV-2 that the relation between smoking cigarettes and the severity of COVID-19 in infected
    Chinese patients is uncertain and even protective (bearing in mind that 52.1% of Chinese men smoke
    whereas only 2.7% of women do).

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020
  • Smokers At Higher Risk Of Severe COVID-19 During Coronavirus Outbreak

  • A leading expert has warned that smokers are likely at increased risk of more severe COVID-19, compared to non-smokers, suggesting that now would be a particularly good time to try and quit or cut down.

    “There’s not very much data at this point on COVID-19 in smokers, but we do know from reports from China, smokers seem to be over-represented in groups of people who have severe or critical COVID-19,” said J. Taylor Hays, M.D. Director of the Nicotine Dependence center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

  • Monday, March 23, 2020
  • BAT says global production limiting COVID-19 impact

  • The chief executive of British American Tobacco Plc told investors Wednesday that the manufacturer has experienced limited impact from COVID-19. “We are fortunate that our business is resilient and is supported by a geographically diversified supply chain from both a manufacturing and distribution standpoint,” Jack Bowles said. There has been analyst speculation that BAT, in particularly Reynolds American Inc.’s 2-million-square-foot manufacturing plant in Tobaccoville, might face a production slowdown in response to the coronavirus.

  • Monday, March 23, 2020
  • European Smokers, Vapers Still Get Their Fix During Lockdowns

  • European governments are ensuring that smokers and vapers can keep up their habits while they hunker down at home in lockdowns to stem the spread of coronavirus.

    Italy, France, Spain and Switzerland are keeping tobacco kiosks open along with essential shops such as grocery stores and pharmacies, while the rest are closed. Continued access to cigarettes and vapes will prevent withdrawals or anxiety attacks while smokers are forced to stay home. However, the World Health Organization has said it’s possible they may have an increased risk of more severe reactions to Covid-19, [...]