Items of Interest: Tobacco News

The Director of the UCSF Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC), discusses a hidden but potentially disastrous consequence of the COVID-19 epidemic is its effect on smoking. In light of stalled progress in smoking cessation gains, Dr.

A new report released from the North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC), confirms just over 525,000 calls were made to state quitlines through 1-800-QUIT-NOW in 2020, a 27% decrease from 2019 numbers and the lowest level seen since 2007. The group compiled data from 53 state and territorial quitlines in the U.S., including the 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico and Guam.

In December of 2020, Truth Initiative and Kaiser Permanente, in collaboration with the American Heart Association, officially launched a national youth vaping prevention curriculum Vaping: Know the truth. The curriculum is a digital 4-lesson learning experience that provides young people with the facts about e-cigarette use and nicotine addiction.

New research examines prevalence, severity and mortality associated with COPD and smoking in patients with COVID-19: linked here. 

Since 1988, the World Health Organization (WHO) has used World No Tobacco day to highlight the harmful effects of cigarettes and other tobacco products on a person’s overall health. This year, WHO is focusing on preventing youth tobacco product use and the tobacco industry’s attempts to attract youth.