Smokers at higher risk of COVID-19 death, particularly in low and middle income countries

Roengrudee Patanavanich, Tanatorn Siripoon, Salin Amponnavarat and I just published “Active smokers are at higher risk of COVID-19 death: A systematic review and meta-analysis” that finds that, among people diagnosed with COVID-19 both current and former smokers are at increased risk of death from COVID-19. This paper takes advantage of the growing number of studiesContinue reading “Smokers at higher risk of COVID-19 death, particularly in low and middle income countries”

e-cig users have more COVID-19 symptoms

It is well-established that smokers and former smokers who are infected with COVID-19 do worse. (How smoking affects risk of infection is still an open question.) Now, there is evidence that vaping makes COVID worse among people who are infected. David McFadden and colleagues at the Mayo Clinic have published “Symptoms COVID 19 Positive VapersContinue reading “e-cig users have more COVID-19 symptoms”

More evidence that smoking makes COVID-19 worse

Kade Patanavanich and I published a meta-analysis that concluded that a history of smoking was associated with COVID-19 disease progression in August 2020 that was based on 19 papers. We just published an update, “Smoking is associated with worse outcomes of COVID-19 particularly among younger adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis” based on 46 papers.Continue reading “More evidence that smoking makes COVID-19 worse”

COVID-19 incidence and death correlated with vaping across states

There is a robust literature showing that e-cigarette use damages lung function and compromises immune function in the respiratory system, which makes it reasonable to expect that e-cigarette use would be associated with more COVID-19 infections and deaths. So far, there has been one study (in youth and young adults) showing increased risk of developingContinue reading “COVID-19 incidence and death correlated with vaping across states”

COVID-19 Mask Requirements as a Workers’ Rights Issue: Parallels to Smokefree Workplaces

Mike Vuolo, Brian C. Kelly, and Vincent J. Roscigno recently published an excellent essay “COVID-19 Mask Requirements as a Workers’ Rights Issue: Parallels to Smoking Bans” in American Journal of Preventive Medicine that, as the title indicates makes the case that just as society has widely embraced smokefree workplaces as a way to protect workers’Continue reading “COVID-19 Mask Requirements as a Workers’ Rights Issue: Parallels to Smokefree Workplaces”

Surging COVID, masks, and the view from the ICU

Thanks to strong leadership by our local and state politicians, San Francisco so far has avoided the worst of the COVID epidemic. In particular, Mayor London Breed took early and strong action to issue a shelter in place order and the City has been cautiously reopening. While there has been some grumbling (and genuine pain),Continue reading “Surging COVID, masks, and the view from the ICU”

FDA sends another signal that it will authorize menthol ecigs despite high youth use

The FDA continues to telegraph that it is going to authorize the sale of menthol e-cigarettes. The first strong indication was not acting on the Vuse Solo menthol PMTA, which has allowed RJ Reynolds to continue selling menthol Vuse side-by-side (screen capture below) with the authorized tobacco flavor. Now, the FDA press release announcing itsContinue reading “FDA sends another signal that it will authorize menthol ecigs despite high youth use”

Now the usual “international experts” have shown up supporting industry efforts to weaken regulation of e-cigs and HTP in the Philippines

Under pressure from industry, the Philippine Congress has passed a retrograde bill that would roll back regulation of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. Medical and health groups, as well as the government’s own Department of Health, are urging President Rodrigo R. Duterte to veto the bill, known as the Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Act. TheContinue reading “Now the usual “international experts” have shown up supporting industry efforts to weaken regulation of e-cigs and HTP in the Philippines”

Why I voted for the SF School Board recall

The national media has been talking a lot about the larger message of the fact that liberal San Francisco just recalled 3 school board members. As someone who lives in the City and has two grandsons in the SF public schools, I can say that the overwhelming rejection of the School Board’s behavior was notContinue reading “Why I voted for the SF School Board recall”

Court inaction continues to block Congressionally-mandated graphic warning labels on cigs

The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act directed FDA to issue a rule requiring state-of-the-art graphic warning labels on cigarette packages. FDA issued such a rule, but the tobacco companies sued and blocked the original warnings in court in 2013. It took years, but in March 2020 FDA issued a new carefully designedContinue reading “Court inaction continues to block Congressionally-mandated graphic warning labels on cigs”