[Published March 10, 2020 | Last Updated August 6, 2020]

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Read our COVID-19 & Tobacco Policy & Communications Toolkit here

ASH began this webinar series as the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020 to fill an information gap that existed. We’ve continued the series to provide a platform for credible partners to share their timely research and resources.

These webinars are NOT intended for anyone affiliated with the tobacco industry or an organization that accepts tobacco industry funding (tobacco industry is defined as any organization involved in the marketing of nicotine products other than FDA-approved cessation treatment).

If you or your organization would like to present on an ASH webinar, please email Megan at arendtm@ash.org.

To make sure you can register for our next webinar, please email info@ash.org.

Endgame Policy: Tobacco-Free Generation

August 13, 2020 – Watch the recording of our Webinar on Endgame Policy: Tobacco-Free Generation and share it from YouTube here.

Speakers: Chris Bostic (Deputy Director for Policy at ASH), Professor Jon Berrick (Emeritus Professor of Science, Mathematics, Yale-NUS College), and Professor Dick Daynard (President at Public Health Advocacy Institute at Northeastern University School of Law).

Improving Cessation Treatment through a Human Rights Approach

August 5, 2020 – Watch the recording of our Live Chat on Improving Cessation Treatment through a Human Rights Approach hereRead about the approach in this British Medical Journal (BMJ) blog co-authored by ASH.

Speakers: Kelsey Romeo-Stuppy (Managing Attorney at ASH) and Martin Raw (Director of the International Centre for Tobacco Cessation and Visiting Professor at New York University School of Global Public Health.)

U.S. Commercial Tobacco Policy and Enforcement during COVID-19 Shutdowns

June 25, 2020 – Watch the recording of our Webinar on U.S. Commercial Tobacco Policy & Enforcement during COVID-19 Shutdowns and share it from YouTube here.

Speakers: Jessica Grosz (Public Health Law Center Lead Senior Staff Attorney), Rachel Callanan (Public Health Law Center Senior Staff Attorney), and Chris Bostic (Deputy Director for Policy at ASH) moderating. Slides available here.

Endgame for Tobacco: The World We Want

June 11, 2020 – Watch the recording of our Webinar on Endgame for Tobacco: The World We Want and share it from Facebook here.

Speakers: Chris Bostic (Deputy Director for Policy at Action on Smoking and Health, read his statement here), Wanda De Kanter (Pulmonologist, Netherlands Cancer Insitute), and Kelsey Romeo-Stuppy (Managing Attorney at Action on Smoking and Health, read her statement here). Slides are available here.

Combatting Tobacco Industry Interference Before, During & After the Age of COVID-19 (World No Tobacco Day)

May 28, 2020 – Watch the recording of our Webinar on Combatting Tobacco Industry Interference Before, During, & After the Age of COVID-19 and share it from Facebook here.

Speakers: Mary Assunta (Head of Global Research and Advocacy at the Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control and Senior Policy Advisor at SEATCA), Nichelle Gray (Program Coordinator at Action on Smoking & Health), Doug Matheny (Programs and Initiatives Manager for State and Local Policy at the Oklahoma Health Promotion Research Center), and Dr. Kerstin Schotte (Medical Officer in the No Tobacco Unit at the World Health Organization). Slides are available here.

The Impact of COVID-19 on the African American Community, co-hosted with AATCLC

May 14, 2020 – Watch the recording of our Webinar on The Impact of COVID-19 on the African American Community, co-hosted with the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC).

Speakers: Carol McGruder (Co-Chair of AATCLC, slides here), Dr. Carla Williams (Interim President of the Howard University Cancer Center, slides here), Natasha Phelps (Lead Senior Staff Attorney at the Public Health Law Center, slides here), and Kelsey Romeo-Stuppy (Managing Attorney at ASH, slides here).

COVID-19 Co-Morbidity with Smoking: What We Know, What’s Needed

May 7, 2020 – Watch the recording of our Webinar on COVID-19 Co-Morbidity with Smoking: What We Know, What’s Needed

Speakers: Dr. Constantine Vardavas (editor of Tobacco Induced Diseases Journal), Dr. Flavia Senkubuge (President of The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa), and Dr. Jonathan Samet (Dean of the Colorado School of Public Health).

Read the New England Journal of Medicine article Dr. Vardavas referenced here. Read the WHO report Dr. Senkubuge referenced here. View Dr. Samet’s powerpoint presentation here.

Tobacco Industry Policy Interference during COVID-19: Why Tobacco is NOT Essential

April 30, 2020 – Watch the recording of our Webinar on Tobacco Industry Policy Interference during COVID-19: Why Tobacco is Not Essential.

Speakers: Louis Laurence (Research Assistant with TobaccoTactics.org, part of the Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath, within the Stopping Tobacco Organisations and Products, STOP, partnership), Dr. Alfred Munzer (pulmonologist, past President of the American Lung Association, current ASH Board Chair), and Tom Hird (Research Fellow University of Bath, UK; STOP: Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products.) Read the STOP Partners’ statement available here.

The Impact of COVID-19 on African Americans and Cancer Treatment

April 24, 2020 – Instagram Live – Watch the recording of our live chat on the Impact of COVID-19 on African Americans and Cancer Treatment

Speakers: Dr. Carla Williams (Interim Director of the Howard University Cancer Center and Chair of the DC Tobacco-Free Coalition) and Liz Furgurson (ASH).

Tobacco Cessation, Production & Sales in Light of COVID-19

April 16, 2020 – Watch the recording of our Tobacco Cessation, Production & Sales in Light of COVID-19 Webinar

Speakers: Linda Bailey (President of the North American Quitline Consortium), Laurent Huber (ASH), and Chris Bostic (ASH). Read Linda’s statement here. Read Chris’ statement here.

What COVID-19 Lockdowns Mean for Tobacco Control

April 9, 2020 – YouTube Live – Watch the discussion on What COVID-19 Lockdowns Mean for Tobacco Control

Speakers: Chris Bostic (ASH) and Kelsey Romeo-Stuppy (ASH)

How to #QuitInQuarantine

April 3, 2020 – Instagram Live – Watch the recording here, on how to #QuitInQuarantine.

Speakers: Charles Debnam (Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Community Wellness Alliance and cessation expert) and Liz Furgurson (COO of ASH)

Coronavirus, Human Rights and Tobacco

April 2, 2020 – Watch our Coronavirus, Human Rights and Tobacco Webinar

Speakers: Dr. Carolyn Dresler, Laurent Huber (ASH), Kelsey Romeo-Stuppy (ASH), and Chris Bostic (ASH). Read Dr. Dresler’s statement here.

Smokers and COVID-19

March 20, 2020 – Facebook Live – Watch Laurent Huber discuss smokers and COVID-19

Tips to Quit in Quarantine

Please pass this along to the smokers in your life.

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As the world grapples with the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), one risk factor that has not been covered widely in the media is smoking status. There’s little evidence that smokers are more likely to be infected by coronavirus. It is highly contagious for everyone. However, similar to people with diabetes or a history of lung or heart disease, smokers have a significantly higher risk of experiencing severe or life-threatening symptoms if they do contract the virus. Like other groups with heightened risk, smokers should take extra precautions to avoid exposure, and if they experience symptoms, go to the doctor and get tested immediately.

In addition, the CDC recommends that those in higher risk groups should:

During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.

Even if there is no known outbreak near you, the CDC urges those over 80 to follow the last bullet and stay home as much as possible.

ASH is all about health for everyone. There’s no evidence that tobacco has anything to do with the advent or spread of the Coronavirus, but it does seem to compound the risk of serious ramifications to COVID-19 (the disease that results from infection by the Coronavirus). If you have loved ones that smoke, please ensure that they’re aware of the increased risk so that they can take extra precautions.

For free resources to quit smoking call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, visit smokefree.gov, or check out tips from Dr. Harry Lando on How to Quit in Quarantine here. Stay safe and healthy!

 

Additional Resources to Quit

World Health Organization Resources on COVID-19 and Tobacco Use

Resources on COVID-19 and Tobacco Use

Jurisdictions Removing or Limiting Tobacco Products from “Essential Business” Distinction, in Turn Banning the Sale of Tobacco Products

For more detailed timelines and additional jurdisdictions that considered a ban, check out the Global Center for Good Governancein Tobacco Control (GGTC)’s tracker here.

Jurisdictions Reducing Tobacco Sales Density

  • Kanesatake and Kahnawake Territories (in Canada) – “In an effort to encourage social distancing and protect Kanesatake’s population during the COVID-19 outbreak, no tobacco, cannabis or alcohol products will be sold on the territory until further notice,” read more here.
  • Vietnam – Dedicated tobacco shops are required to close just like any other kind of shops. But supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, etc. which sell essential goods (foods, medicines) are open, and smokers can buy tobacco products in those stores.
  • Wisconsin, USA – Vape, smoking, and CBD shops must close (and cannot provide delivery), but sales can continue at other stores like grocery or gas stations as they are considered essential businesses. Read their FAQ here.

Note: We strongly recommend any government taking this action to also provide full access to cessation and cessation treatment.

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