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ICCN 2022 | Impact of the pandemic on tobacco control

Stella Aguinaga Bialous, RN, DrPH, FAAN, University of California San Francisco School of Nursing, San Francisco, CA, discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic affected tobacco control. A range of trials were conducted into the impact that smoking had on COVID-19 severity, with conflicting and sometimes unreliable results. The prevalence of smoking did not appear to increase during the pandemic, but it is thought that some current smokers increased the amount they were smoking. Many policy developments were paused due to a refocusing of public health efforts, but a key area moving forward is tackling the influence of tobacco companies. This interview took place at the virtual 2022 International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN).