Tobacco Tactics: STOP adds 25 new organisations to its Tobacco Industry Allies database

New-to-me, from Tobacco Tactics: STOP adds 25 new organisations to its Tobacco Industry Allies database. “An investigation carried out by global tobacco industry watchdog STOP [Stopping Tobacco Organizations & Products] has resulted in the addition of 25 new organisations to its Tobacco Industry Allies database. The database, launched in 2019, now includes 135 groups across 33 countries. Each of the allies listed in the database is categorised as ‘Third Party’, ‘Front Group’ or ‘Astroturf’ using the definitions outlined by STOP.”

UMass Chan Medical School: New UMass Chan study finds smoking rates increased in pandemic, looks at related stresses

UMass Chan Medical School: New UMass Chan study finds smoking rates increased in pandemic, looks at related stresses. “The early months of the COVID-19 pandemic saw a net increase in smoking rates among a group of people who had previously participated in a study to quit smoking, according to a new study led by Rajani S. Sadasivam, PhD. The study appeared in the Feb. 5 issue of Nicotine and Tobacco Research.”

Changing America: Adult cigarette smoking fell to all-time low in first year of pandemic

Changing America: Adult cigarette smoking fell to all-time low in first year of pandemic. “According to new data from the CDC, 19 percent of U.S. adults, 47.1 million people, used tobacco products in some form in 2020. Cigarettes remained the most commonly used tobacco product, with 12.5 percent of U.S. adults having smoked cigarettes, the lowest number since data collection began in 1965.”

Washington Post: Nothing said Cairo quite like the ever-present water pipe — until Egypt banned them to fight covid

Washington Post: Nothing said Cairo quite like the ever-present water pipe — until Egypt banned them to fight covid. “Egypt is one of several countries in the Middle East, including Lebanon, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, where shisha bans have been enforced during the pandemic. The popular pipes, also known as hookahs and narghiles, are often passed between friends, potentially transmitting the virus. But while some other countries have gradually lifted restrictions, Egyptian authorities have maintained their crackdown. Photos published in state-run media depict the aftermath of raids, the pipes lined up in rows like criminals. This month, photos showed a front loader running over 76 shishas laid on a street in a city north of Cairo.”

Washington Post: One final look inside the archive that exposed Big Tobacco

Washington Post: One final look inside the archive that exposed Big Tobacco. “Here, in the Minnesota Tobacco Document Depository, lie the remains of 27 years of legal cases against Big Tobacco. There are trial transcripts, exhibits, images of the Marlboro Man and Joe Camel, a diseased lung in preserving liquid, stories of smokers’ deaths, and secrets that, once revealed, helped end the tobacco industry’s dominance in the cultural landscape of the United States. The warehouse, open to the public for 23 years, will close on Tuesday, ending an unprecedented court-ordered, industry-funded central collection of the legacy of a product that, according to the surgeon general, has killed more than 20 million Americans and continues to kill more than 400,000 a year.”

University of Alabama at Birmingham: How smoking could impact health complications with COVID-19 illness

University of Alabama at Birmingham: How smoking could impact health complications with COVID-19 illness. “Smoking cigarettes poses an increased risk of respiratory infections and weakens the immune system, experts say. Recent studies have demonstrated that the impact of smoking on one’s health intensifies if COVID-19 is contracted. The CDC reports that smoking is one of the risk factors of severe COVID illness.”

Thank you for posting: Smoking’s lessons for regulating social media (MIT Technology Review)

MIT Technology Review: Thank you for posting: Smoking’s lessons for regulating social media. “…like secondhand smoke, misinformation damages the quality of public life. Every conspiracy theory, every propaganda or disinformation campaign, affects people—and the expense of not responding can grow exponentially over time. Since the 2016 US election, newsrooms, technology companies, civil society organizations, politicians, educators, and researchers have been working to quarantine the viral spread of misinformation. The true costs have been passed on to them, and to the everyday folks who rely on social media to get news and information.”

MedicalXpress: New tool calculates lives saved, policy implications of tobacco control

MedicalXpress: New tool calculates lives saved, policy implications of tobacco control. “The Tobacco Control Policy (TCP) tool is an interactive simulation modeling application developed by Jamie Tam, assistant professor at the Yale School of Public Health, Rafael Meza, associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and the NCI-funded Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) lung consortium. In addition to minimum age laws, the tool also simulates the potential state-by-state effects of smoke-free air laws, cigarette taxes and increasing state tobacco control expenditures.”

Cigar Journal: Prestigious European Award For Don Duco

New-to-me, from Cigar Journal: Prestigious European Award For Don Duco . “Indeed, Don Duco has dedicated his life to securing a neglected theme: the global heritage of the tobacco pipe and the culture of smoking. Nobody asked him, nobody paid him for it. As a collector, later as curator of the museum he founded, he brought together tobacco pipes and other smoking utensils from all over the world and from all periods. He has now housed the world’s most varied collection in that field in the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. Duco has distributed the results of his studies in more than two hundred scientific publications and ten books. The online database of the museum contains accurate determinations of more than 30,000 objects with more than 150,000 photos. All this freely accessible to visitors from all parts of the world.”

‘Consistent evidence’ social media pushes non-smokers into vaping: study (Brisbane Times)

Brisbane Times: ‘Consistent evidence’ social media pushes non-smokers into vaping: study. “Advertising for electronic cigarettes is pushing non-smokers and young people to take up vaping despite the health risks, in a finding that will galvanise opponents of the push to legalise nicotine vaping in Australia. Researchers from Macquarie University reviewed 43 studies involving 27,303 people globally to examine the effect of e-cigarette marketing on non-smokers.”

Digital Trends: Instagram bans influencers from promoting tobacco and vaping in branded content

Digital Trends: Instagram bans influencers from promoting tobacco and vaping in branded content. “Social media influencers on Instagram aren’t allowed to promote vaping, tobacco products, or weapons anymore as part of newly updated rules on the platform. Facebook-owned Instagram announced on Wednesday that branded posts promoting any of those goods are no longer allowed on either social media platform.”

University of California San Francisco: Using Facebook to Help Young Adults Quit Smoking

University of California San Francisco: Using Facebook to Help Young Adults Quit Smoking. “A national clinical trial testing a smoking cessation intervention for young adults that was conducted entirely on Facebook has found that smokers are 2.5 times more likely to quit after three months with the Facebook-based treatment than if they were referred to an online quit-smoking program.”

University of Southern California: Fake social media accounts can be hazardous to your health

University of Southern California: Fake social media accounts can be hazardous to your health. “Fake social media accounts already have a reputation of swaying political discourse, but a Keck School of Medicine of USC researcher says these automated accounts are even more dangerous — they can be bad for your health. Social bots are automated accounts that use artificial intelligence to influence discussions and promote specific ideas or products. USC researchers focused on how these bots promoted the notion that using electronic cigarettes helps people stop smoking, a conclusion not definitively supported by research.”

Duke University Puts Cigarette Card Collection Online

Last year I wrote about Duke University’s project to create an online archive of cigarette advertising cards and similar items. Looks like it’s here. “Between 1875 and the 1940s, cigarette companies often included collectible trading cards with their packages of cigarettes. Cigarette card sets document popular culture from the turn of the century, often depicting the period’s actresses, costumes, and sports, as well as offering fascinating insights into mainstream American humor and cultural norms. The W. Duke, Sons & Co. digital collection features over 1800 individual cigarette cards, as well as two large scrapbooks that contain several hundred additional cards. The collection also includes images of other tobacco advertising ephemera such as pins, tobacco tags, silk, and souvenir albums. Companies represented here include W. Duke, Sons & Co., Allen & Ginter, Kinney Bros. Co., Liggett & Myers, and others.”