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The Impact of COVID-19 on ASH

Before COVID-19, ASH already had a flexible work environment where all staff were encouraged to have a work from home set up, complete with our main phone line forwarding to cell phones. So when the world went remote, ASH staff didn’t miss a beat from their established home offices. That

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ASH Statement: U.S. Rejoins the World Health Organization

Statement of Laurent Huber, Executive Director of Action on Smoking and Health Washington, DC – January 21, 2021 – Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) applauds President Biden for rejoining the World Health Organization (WHO), within hours of taking the oath of office. Membership in the WHO is important at any

Why Tobacco Still Matters

By: Chris Bostic, Policy Director at ASH January 12, 2021 Our national house is on fire. And it’s flooded. And it’s falling into a sinkhole. Focusing on a broken window right now would be ludicrous. The same might be said for working to end the tobacco epidemic during an historic

ASH Webinar Series

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

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Response: States Can Stop Selling Cigarettes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

I read with interest Representative Krishnamoorthi’s opinion piece on banning electronic cigarette sales during the pandemic (FDA can boost the coronavirus battle by pausing the sale of e-cigarettes 4/29/20). It might strike some readers as odd that he did not include traditional combustible cigarettes in his call to action, since

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Sign on Letter: Tobacco Industry Pandemic Misinformation

May 8, 2020 Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) joined the public health community in its call to the United Nations (UN) to include the tobacco industry misinformation in the efforts to battle the COVID “misinfodemic.” The call is embodied in a letter dated April 30, 2020 wherein 52 public

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COVID-19 and Tobacco Policy and Communications Toolkit

COVID-19 and Tobacco Policy and Communications Toolkit We are in the midst of an historic pandemic, and governments are taking unprecedented measures to mitigate the death toll. Smokers face a particular challenge – data strongly suggests a significant co-morbidity between smoking and serious complications from exposure to the coronavirus. ASH’s

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Carolyn Dresler – Webinar on Coronavirus, Human Rights & Tobacco

ASH Webinar on Coronavirus, Human Rights and Tobacco April 2, 2020 Statement from Carolyn Dresler, MD, MPA Thank you for joining our webinar discussion on this important topic. A question that is pertinent to this webinar, is:  what is the impact or effect of tobacco use on the diagnosis, treatment

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Sheltering in Place – An Opportunity to Finally Quit Smoking

By: Dr. Harry Lando, Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota Chris Bostic, Deputy Director for Policy, Action on Smoking & Health   We are living through extraordinary times, and most of us are being forced to reorder our lives without notice. For many, coronavirus means staying


COVID-19 Resources

[Published March 10, 2020 | Last Updated March 16, 2023] COVID-19 Resources Webinars Quit in Quarantine COVID-19 & Tobacco Co-Morbidity NOT Essential During Lockdowns COVID-19 Resources Read more about the impact of COVID-19 on ASH’s work> Resources on COVID-19 “Congruent results from two analytical approaches support a causal effect of