Tobacco Center Faculty Blog

May 12, 2020

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

Smoking significantly worsens COVID-19, according to a new analysis by UC San Francisco of the association between smoking and progression of the infectious disease.

In a meta-analysis of studies that included 11,590 COVID patients, researchers found that among people with the virus, the risk of disease progression in those who currently smoke or previously smoked was nearly double that of non-smokers. They also found that when the disease worsens, current or former smokers had more acute or critical conditions or death. Overall, smoking was associated with almost a doubling of the risk of disease progressing (OR 1.91, 95% CI 1.42-2.59).

The report was published May 12, 2020, in Nicotine & Tobacco Research. (A copy is available at this link.)

May 12, 2020

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

Smoking significantly worsens COVID-19, according to a new analysis by UC San Francisco of the association between smoking and progression of the infectious disease.

In a meta-analysis of studies that included 11,590 COVID patients, researchers found that among people with the virus, the risk of disease progression in those who currently smoke or previously smoked was nearly double that of non-smokers. They also found that when the disease worsens, current or former smokers had more acute or critical conditions or death. Overall, smoking was associated with almost a doubling of the risk of disease progressing (OR 1.91, 95% CI 1.42-2.59).

May 5, 2020

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

When FDA announced that it was going to clamp down on flavored e-cigarettes that are popular with kids, it left a couple huge loopholes, including disposable e-cigarettes like the popular Puff Bar even though Puff Bar is a big hit with kids.

Now, embracing the time-tested strategy of never letting a crisis go to waste and instead seizing the opportunity it presents, the vaping industry has swooped in with ads targeted at the millions of teens who are stuck at home and glued to their smart phones and computer screens for school, entertainment, and socializing. Puff Bar’s ads have been especially brazen.  For example, in April Puff Bar urged kids to “stay sane with Puff Bar this solo-break” since it’s the “perfect escape from the back-to-back zoom calls” and “parental texts.”

 

April 27, 2020

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

My colleagues and I have submitted this public comment to FDA in response for its request for information on what not to allow in e-cigarettes in light of the outbreak of serious lung disease (EVALI) last year.

While there are some obvious things to exclude (like vitamin E acetate), we caution the FDA not to create a de facto “safe harbor” list of elements for “acceptable” e-cigarettes.  The Regulations.gov tracking number is 1k4-9gd3-yb2m.  A PDF of the comment is here.

 

FDA should prohibit additives and design elements in e-cigarettes known to increase the risk of severe lung injury, but the burden remains with manufacturers to demonstrate that their products are appropriate for the protection of the public health, notwithstanding the fact that their products exclude the prohibited ingredients and designs

 

Lauren K. Lempert, JD, MPH; Gideon St.Helen, PhD; Carolyn Calfee, MD, MAS;

Jeffrey Gotts, MD, PhD; Michael A. Matthay MD; Matthew L. Springer, PhD;

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

 

UCSF TCORS

 

Docket No. FDA-2020-N-0597

 

April 24, 2020 

 

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