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World No Tobacco Day: a training event by CoEHAR discusses the correlation between Covid and Smoking

“Covid and Smoking: innovative strategies to reduce smoking-related harm” the title of the training event organised by the CoEHAR for the World No Tobacco Day

A moment of discussion on the most effective strategies for quitting smoking. Cancer, although one of the main cause of death, isn’t the only smoking-related illness. A smoking habit can compromise other organs such as the heart, sight, teeth, urinary tract, bones and mental health.

A multipurpose clinical approach makes it possible to observe and analyze all the risks associated with smoking and, thus, propose the most effective and innovative solutions to reduce damage to global health.

According to the founder of CoEHAR, Riccardo Polosa: “A multidisciplinary, creative and revolutionary approach can lead the scientific path towards effective and safe solutions, aimed at helping smokers to quit smoking permanently and be able to support the authorities in charge to implement more balanced control policies“.

Among the speakers Davide Capodanno, professor of cardiovascular diseases; Aldo Calogero, professor of endocrinology and expert on sexual health damage related to smoking; Antonio Longo, professor of diseases of the visual apparatus; Filippo Caraci, professor of Pharmacology; Gaetano Bertino, professor of gastroenterology; Giancarlo Ferro, professor of constitutional law and regulatory expert on vaping; Margherita Ferrante, professor of general and applied hygiene; Nello Cimino, head of Department of Urology; Pasquale Caponnetto, professor of clinical psychology and coordinator of the CPCT Tobacco Prevention and Treatment Center of the Policlinico di Catania; Eugenio Pedullà, professor of odontostomatological diseases and partner of the Smile Study project to reduce the harm caused by smoking on dental health; Sebastiano Battiato, IT teacher and Food Rec project leader, Venera Tomaselli, social statistics teacher.

The event held in Catania was also an opportunity to present the results of the most important research projects by the team headed by prof. Riccardo Polosa such as FOOD Rec, a project which monitors eating habits and Replica, an international research project on the validation of replication of scientific studies. The ambitious goal of CoEHAR remains to establish research standards shared by the entire scientific community that makes it possible to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of electronic cigarettes with the same parameters.

The ambitious goal of CoEHAR remains to establish research standards shared by the entire scientific community that will make it possible to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of electronic cigarettes with the same parameters.

Raising awareness and promoting prevention is important every day, but the main goal for all is to fight rampant misinformation that does not take into account scientific data and evidence.

When it comes to bad information we cannot ignore how unfortunately on this issue the Italian National Institute of Health spread misinformation, lying on very important issues, and doesn’t recognize the importance of studies on the electronic cigarettes”- explained Polosa during his speech.

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