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On 16 November 2019, the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was observed for the first time in Wuhan, China. In the months since, it has spread throughout the world.  Faced with a situation beyond its control, on 30 January 2020 the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency of international concern.

Two months later, on 11 March 2020, the status of the epidemic changed: it was now a pandemic. 

In the face of this threat to public health, the world’s governments took measures to slow down the spread of the virus in their countries as much as possible. For the first time in the modern age, the majority of countries around the world applied measures such as curfews and lockdowns. These forced people to stay at home, sometimes to the point of stopping them going out to work. 

If the economic impact of these measures has been severe, the psychological impact on people around the world has been just as bad. For example, many scientific studies have shown that being in lockdown drastically increased the number of cases of depression and even smoking. 

There has been plenty of fake news too, including about electronic cigarettes. For a while, they were under attack for allegedly spreading the virus in their vapour. However, statements like these were quickly contradicted by scientific analysis.

VPZ Pushing for ‘Vape Clinics’ In The United Kingdom

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The largest vape retailer in the United Kingdom plans to open new 'Vape Clinics' to help more smokers quit through the use of electronic...

Another Study Looks Into The Relationship Between Smoking and COVID-19 Prevalence

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A study conducted in a large French university hospital, between March and April 2020, looking for a possible correlation between daily smoking and the...

Journal Retracts Study That Suggests Smoking Could Have A Lower Risk...

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A study by Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos and his team was retracted due to some tobacco industry ties. The Guardian reports that a scientific paper published...

Imperial Brands Lowers Next-Generation Product Budget Following Losses

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In 2020, Imperial’s NGP sales fell 27%, prompting a 124 million pound ($170 million) writedown on the business. To offset this loss, the company...

Canada: Illegal Cigarette Trade Took a Hit Thanks to COVID-Related Border...

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An Ernst & Young report conducted for the Convenience Industry Council of Canada, pointed out that due to the border closure between Quebec and...

Reports: Smoking Rates Increased Due to COVID-19

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Smoking rates increased during the global COVID-19 pandemic, notes several reports and statistical data released by the United States government. Fast Company reported that the...

UCL Researchers Find no Link Between Vaping and Covid-19

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Researchers from the University College London, UK, explored “i) associations between vaping and self-reported diagnosed/suspected Covid-19; ii) changes in vaping since Covid-19 and factors...

US: Smokers in Illinois Given Priority to Receive Coronavirus Vaccine

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As part of the state’s vaccination schedule, smokers in Illinois have been included in the list of residents considered high-risk, which alongside seniors and...

The Coronavirus Led to Ex-Smoking Vapers Reach Back For Cigarettes

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"It would appear smokers have chosen to allocate more of their discretionary spend towards tobacco."Public health experts have long predicted that the stress brought...

VPZ Bids for Essential Status

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The UK vaping industry, led by retailer VPZ, is fighting for essential status to stay open during the ongoing and future lockdowns brought on...