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”

Long-established science supports maintaining and expanding smokefree casinos and other environments

While all commercial gaming in Atlantic City, Michigan and Pennsylvania were temporarily smokefree for a period of time because of the COVID-19 pandemic, smoking has resumed as mask mandates have expired. They did so despite the fact that the science on secondhand smoke has been well-accepted for a long time. The casinos have been encouragedContinue reading “Long-established science supports maintaining and expanding smokefree casinos and other environments”

New WHO report highlights falling cigarette use and challenges that new tobacco products pose to public health and implementation of the FCTC

On July 27, 2021 the WHO released the WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic 2021: addressing new and emerging products, its eighth such report. The good news is that it documents solid progress in reducing tobacco use. After over a century of growth, “between 2007 and 2019, smoking rates decreased from a global averageContinue reading “New WHO report highlights falling cigarette use and challenges that new tobacco products pose to public health and implementation of the FCTC”

CDC’s new mask guidance and why FDA CTP should not assume e-cigs help smokers quit in the real world

On May 13, 2021 the CDC lifted most restrictions on the use of masks for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the second shot for Pfizer or Moderna and 1 week after J&J). While some people thought this was a political decision, CDC Director Walensky explained in detail that real world experience showedContinue reading “CDC’s new mask guidance and why FDA CTP should not assume e-cigs help smokers quit in the real world”

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”

Reduce your risk of serious lung disease caused by corona virus by quitting smoking and vaping

Updated October 18, 2020 When someone’s lungs are exposed to flu or other infections the adverse effects of smoking or vaping are much more serious than among people who do not smoke or vape. Smoking makes COVID worse if you get it and smoking — and vaping — increase the risk of being infected andContinue reading “Reduce your risk of serious lung disease caused by corona virus by quitting smoking and vaping”