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  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020
  • Turkey bans import of e-cigarette products

  • Turkey on Feb. 25 banned the import of e-cigarettes and related products, announcing the decision in the country’s Official Gazette.

    The ban covers all kinds of products used for electronic smoking, including e-cigarette devices, accessories, spare parts and solutions.

    It also applies to e-cigarette products that use heating or incineration, including electronic hookahs, regardless of nicotine content.

  • Monday, December 09, 2019
  • Plain tobacco packing hit shelves in Turkey to curb smoking

  • Turkey continues its drive against the health risks of smoking as the new rule forces all tobacco products and cigarettes to bear plain and standard packages.

    A World Health Organization (WHO) report said that more than 8 million people lose their lives every year because of smoking-related diseases.

    Yüksel Denli, the head of the Tobacco and Alcohol Department of Agriculture and Forestry Ministry, said that the new regulation is intended to eliminate the attractiveness of tobacco products and boost deterrent effects of packages by increasing visual health warnings.

  • 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 [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, [...]