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Tobacco companies must do more to transform

Many “dirty” industries are actively shifting their actions to correct negative health, environmental, and social impacts. Through research and disruptive technologies, they are ushering in many beneficial changes, such as the decline of the internal combustion engine; increased sales of foods with less salt, sugar, and saturated fats; the emergence of sustainable energy companies; and […]

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Foundation Launches First Tobacco Transformation Index

On September 21, 2020, the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World launched the first Tobacco Transformation Index. The Index is a tool that aims to accelerate the reduction of harm caused by tobacco use. For the tobacco companies that are already implementing some form of transformation, the Index provides a relative scorecard and benchmark to guide […]

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Focusing on recent publication of Gaiha et al.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is a challenge for the scientific community to publish results quickly, and publication often occurs at the price of quality and reproducibility, which in turn undermines the public’s trust of science. A recent paper by Gaiha et al evaluated the relation between youth smoking and coronavirus and […]

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Issues in ensuring COVID-19 vaccine compliance

An effective COVID-19 vaccine could help us emerge from isolation and end the social distancing required during this pandemic; but it will only work if people are willing to be vaccinated.1 We conducted a survey in June of 2020 that addressed whether people’s willingness to use a COVID-19 vaccine and adopt other preventive healthcare measures […]

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Buck Duke, roller skates, and cigarettes – how one machine transformed an entire industry

“Buck Duke will not be forgotten, a debt he owes in part to other forgotten men, ones not so adept at the American art of transformation by dint of desire.” 1 James Buchanan (Buck) Duke founded Duke University after a career spent revolutionizing the American tobacco industry. He famously created and then dominated the cigarette […]

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