Talking about tobacco harm reduction means embracing a plurality of behaviors, choices and products that can be confusing. We have deepened the subject with Dr. Renée O’Leary, author of the paper and COEHAR researcher
The road ahead for substitution of combustible cigarettes with low risk technologies as a strategy to reduce harm in the 21st Century
The article highlights why harm reduction is important, what are the ways to achieve harm reduction, particularly the use of snus, heated tobacco products and e-cigarettes and what are the barriers to use of such alternatives. This article is not a systematic or narrative review; it is an overview of recent studies on these products or devices. Industry conducted or funded studies were excluded from the review.
Toxicological testing, population studies, clinical trials and randomized controlled trials demonstrate the potential reductions in exposures for smokers. Unfortunately, socio-cultural and economics barriers, such as heavy taxation, misperceptions about nicotine and unsubstantiated fears of youth addiction, prevent low risk products to become accessible to all and a good choice for those who want to quit smoking.
The Coehar Director, Giovanni Li Volti and the Co-project Leader for Replica, Dr. Massimo Caruso have organized a tour to all the international partners of the project to harmonize the protocols of the study for the first year of the Replica Project
The Replica Project aim is to replicate the most important studies in the field of Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR)The following video refers to one of the stop of the Replica Tour: Giovanni Li Volti and the Co-project Leader Massimo Caruso were in Oman.
A new study published in the journal “Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease” provides important insight to the issue of smoking and COVID-19. The number of smokers with severe COVID-19 that requires hospitalization is by far lower than expected based on population smoking rates. The very few smokers who are eventually hospitalized have higher odds for severe disease and adverse outcome.
Smokers, former smokers, never smokers and vapers: a survey by the COEHAR explains their behavior during the lockdown
The findings from a survey conducted by COEHAR researchers on almost 2000 participants showed a slight decrease in the consumption of cigarettes during the lockdown period and an increase in the purchase of products such as cigarettes and e-liquid
The organisers of the Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN), KAC Communications, are launching an online version of GFN20 which will take place on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 June following the cancellation of the face-to-face event in Warsaw due to COVID-19
Catania, 8 June 2020 – The selection procedure for the award of 4 Research Fellowships is open to young graduates in various discipline: the deadline is June 26, 2020. The selection is part of the activities and research projects promoted by the COEHAR, the Center of Excellence for the Accelleration of Harm Reduction of the University of Catania, founded by Prof. Riccardo Polosa.
Catania Conversation is a CoEHAR project which brings together Journalists, Scientists and Opinion Leaders experts in harm reduction from all over the word
Catania Conversation CC is the new project of Centre of Excellence for the acceleration of Harm Reduction (CoEHAR) which brings together journalists, scientists and opinion leaders from all over the world to fill gaps in communication around Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR). CoEHAR will organize an Online Masterclass on 29th May 2020 with excellent guests and participants selected by the most influential newspapers in the world.
The damage done by the COVID-19 pandemic is twofold: in addition to suffering from direct effects of the virus, the world is grappling with the challenge of social distancing. Recent poll explores the relationship between COVID-19 social distancing and health among 6,801 tobacco and nicotine users in 5 countries.
Catania Conversation is a new CoEHAR project which brings together Journalists, Scientists and Opinion Leaders experts in harm reduction from all over the world
On the occasion of the World No Tobacco Day 2020, CoEHAR will organize anOnline Masterclass on 29th May 2020 dedicated to introduce Journalists, Scientists and Opinion Leaders to tobacco harm reduction principle and educate them on the views of the international scientific community.
We cannot talk about the correlation between smoking and COVID-19. Li Volti: “We only create confusion”
A recent study by Prof. Brake SJ studied the correlation between smoking and the angiotensin converting enzyme 2 and its implications to COVID-19. The author's hypothesis suggests an increased risk...
Catania, Italy, April 21 - A new article by the researchers from the CoEHAR confirms that APPs for smartphones and tools for detecting and monitoring the rituality linked to smoking through new...
LIAF: ACTIVATED THE NATIONAL FREE NUMBER FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE AFFECTED BY THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY
COEHAR, UNICT and LIAF have activated the national free number for psychological support for people affected by the COVID-19 emergency
Prof. Riccardo Polosa has been invited to join Global Health Perspectives with Derek Yach, a series of podcast on serious issues on public health. The Foundation for a Smoke Free World has launched...
Scott Kelly, former NASA astronaut who lived nearly a year on the International Space Station, share his tips on isolation
Science and common sense must now become an integral part of economic planning if we are to emerge from this pandemic
"I write this as a medical doctor, an Italian and a parent who is seeing the Coronavirus pandemic engulf the world. History teaches us that there is a time for war and there is a time for...