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  • Wednesday, April 01, 2020
  • Cigarettes go up in price, number of sales points shrink

  • The price of a packet of cigarettes or rolling tobacco goes up on Wednesday as the government brings in more measures to stamp out smoking. A packet of cigarettes will cost €1 more, taking the price to around €8.20 depending on the brand. The price of rolling tobacco will rise up to €2.40. At the same time, smoking will be banned throughout Schiphol airport from today and Dutch railway company NS says it will ensure all platforms are smoke free by October. NS is also reducing the number of shops at stations which sell tobacco products.

  • Thursday, February 06, 2020
  • Medicine is no panacea to combat tobacco addiction: experts

  • The number of smokers attempting to kick the habit with the aid of prescription drugs went up 35% in the five years to 2017, but medicine should not be seen as a panacea, experts say. Around one third of the Netherlands’ three million smokers attempt to stop every year but just 5% of those who do it without any form of help manage to do so, according to new research by the Dutch medicines agency CBG.

  • Friday, April 03, 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.

  • 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.