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Kathologist✍🏽💉³🌻Adapt to reality or die (badly) Profile picture Hamish Bowly 🐭🦊 Profile picture 2 added to My Authors
May 23, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
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My story:

I smoked for a number of years. I liked it. I didn't want to quit, but for years I thought I should. I tried cold turkey, gum, patches. Didn't work for even a day. 2/4

I first heard about e-cigarettes late in 2009. I looked into them, but saw that ecigs containing nicotine were not legal in Canada. I knew they wouldn't work without nicotine, so I forgot about them.
Mar 26, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
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This is a Big Tobacco vaping cell study.

To me it's more trustworthy than the Tobacco Control or body parts group or NIH-funded vaping cell studies which are published on a regular basis.

Why? Read this short thread.

journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.11… 2/4

They were clear about what device and liquid was used, including the pertinent specs.

They were clear about the puffing regimen, including using realistic length & volume of puffs, and they reported air flow (very important).
Mar 25, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
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I watched this so you don't have to.

A thread:

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This got off to an extremely weak start. The middle of this century stuff is a complete cop-out, and it completely ignores the fact that much is known already.

It did improve, however.

clivebates.com/vaping-tobacco…
Jul 11, 2020 143 tweets 31 min read
A compilation of preprints, peer-reviewed studies, and datasets documenting SARS-CoV-2/Covid-19 patients' smoking status - only the ones with at least 1000 patients.

h/t @ChaunceyGardner for the idea 1/

USA (adult current smoking rate was 13.7% in 2018)

Of 7162 confirmed cases, 1.3% were current smokers (CS) & 2.3% were former smokers (FS)

Of hospitalized patients, CS=2% & FS=4%

Of patients admitted to ICU, CS=1% & FS=7%

Jul 6, 2020 6119 tweets 2043 min read
The results of preprints & peer-reviewed studies describing the relationship between smoking and SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 are reported in this thread

Part 2

To see part 1:

Thread reader: threadreaderapp.com/thread/1251956…

Twitter: 422/

Italy (adult smoking rate was 23.7% in 2016)

Of 151 home-quarantined SARS-CoV-2 positive individuals, 7.9% said they were current smokers & 17.2% said they were former smokers

Note: 62.9% were female

journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/01…
Apr 19, 2020 455 tweets 147 min read
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So far all existing data show smokers are underrepresented in Covid19 hospitalization data

2 studies from the US

1. medrxiv.org/content/10.110…

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13 studies from China

qeios.com/read/article/5… Image