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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

End of 2020 Message from ASH Executive Director Laurent Huber

Twelve months ago, most of us would not have expected to see the world brought down to its knees by a virus that swept through the year killing more than 1.6 million people and halting local economies. This pandemic has placed the topic of health front and center in the

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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

Sign on Letter

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

The Bubonic Plague. Polio. Cholera. Smallpox. Malaria. And Tobacco?

We often refer to tobacco as an epidemic. But what does that really mean? And does tobacco-related death and disease really compare to diseases that decimated the population? The CDC defines an epidemic as an increase, often sudden, in the number of cases of a disease above what is normally