Parliament: Smokers to get subsidies for nicotine replacement therapy
Eligible smokers enrolled in new smoking cessation pilot programmes will be entitled to full subsidies for nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to help quit the harmful habit.
These pilots will be implemented in public healthcare institutions such as hospitals, polyclinics and national specialty centres [...] The programme aims to reach out to about 10,000 smokers, and Singaporeans can benefit from intensive behavioural support, follow-up for up to a year and a three-month NRT.
About one in 10 people here smokes, and the habit is considered one of the biggest risk factors for poor health.
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.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
VAPING AND SARS-CoV-2 AND COVID-19 TECHNICAL INFORMATION FOR VAPERS
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  (see also the professional blog entry of
Farsalinos ). 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.