Quitting smoking can reduce cardiovascular and kidney failure risks. However, it can lead to side effects such as weight gain. A scoping review conducted by a pool of European researchers revealed a lack of data on the metabolic effects of smoking and smoking cessation in diabetes. Healthcare professionals should not assume that cessation of smoking will improve metabolic parameters in patients with diabetes.
Yesterday, the Italian Ministry of Health released new data on smoking prevalence: there are 800000 more smokers in the country than in 2019. Rates increased especially among women and young people. The report found that also the numbers of the users of heated tobacco products and electronic cigarettes is rising. “An expected disaster, partly anticipated by our data published in 2020 and obtained thanks to a study conducted during the acute phase of Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, no prevention policies, no answers from the Italian health authorities. Reporting a disaster is not enough: we need to come up with alternative and effective solutions”. Stated professor Riccardo Polosa, founder of the CoEHAR, who opened the first National Conference on Tobacco Harm Reduction.
As a tangible demonstration of the gratitude towards the city that marked the beginning of the change, this morning CoEHAR presented the “CoEHAR Mural” along A.Doria Avenue (near INFN- Institute of Nuclear Physics). The mural is an artistic work created by the collective “MaleTinte”, thanks to the patronage of the Municipality of Catania and the Italian Anti-smoking League, LIAF, and the support of the BCC, Cooperative Credit Bank of Regalbuto and PPG Italy Group.
On Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 April, a seminar on Harm Reduction has been organized by CoEHAR at the Biologic Tower of the University of Catania, with the participation of…
The co-project leader of Replica, Massimo Caruso, has been invited by the Temple University (USA) to hold a lecture about the results achieved during the first year of the Replica project
CoEHAR presented the results of the Replica project during Experimental Biology 2022, the annual meeting that brings together thousands of scientists and experts in the field of anatomy, biochemistry and molecular biology, investigative pathology, pharmacology, and physiology. Representing CoEHAR, the researcher Alfio Distefano, PhD student in neuroscience at the University of Catania
Under the leadership of CoEHAR, a team of international researchers, examined the 24 most frequently cited vaping studies published in medical journals. The findings are shocking: almost all of these studies were found to be methodologically flawed; they lacked a clear hypothesis, used inadequate methodology, failed to collect data relevant to the study objectives, and did not correct for obvious confounding factors.
CoEHAR, Center of Excellence for the acceleration of Harm Reduction of the University of Catania, opens its doors to researchers from Ukraine
In terms of public health, these studies may have a tremendous impact. People who feel that bad breath or their teeth appearance are a major problem, can be massively influenced by aesthetic considerations to stop smoking.
In the field of harm reduction, there are a lot of women who stands for the smokers right to choose safer alternatives to quit smoking. Some of them are leading experts in fields such as research, communication and law