Special Issue "Tobacco and Alcohol and Its Related Diseases and or Injuries"

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Bhawna Gupta
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Public Health, Torrens University, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
Interests: cancer epidemiology; chronic diseases; head and neck cancers; tobacco; alcohol; musculoskeletal disorders; quality of life; systematic review and meta-analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Tobacco in its active and passive forms is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide, and can lead to poor quality of life as it effects almost every part of the body. According to the World Health Organization, tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year. More than 7 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use, while around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. More than 80% of the world’s, 1.3 billion tobacco users live in low- and middle-income countries. All forms of tobacco: cigarettes, bidis and kreteks, cigars, cigarillos, roll-your-own tobacco, waterpipe tobacco, and various chewing tobacco products (gutkha, betel nut, mishri) are harmful for the body. There are gaps in the knowledge about the potential harmful effects of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDSs) and electronic non-nicotine delivery systems (ENNDSs), commonly referred to as e-cigarettes, and heated tobacco products (HTPs).

This Special Issue aims to present the diversity and knowledge gaps in the research studying the effects of tobacco and alcohol on chronic diseases and/or injuries. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: smoking and chewing tobacco; adverse effects of excessive alcohol consumption; chronic diseases; and injuries.

Disclaimer: We will not accept research funded in part or full by any tobacco companies in this Special Issue. For more details, please check: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/1660-4601/15/12/2831/htm.

Dr. Bhawna Gupta
Guest Editor


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Keywords

  • tobacco smoking
  • chewing tobacco
  • secondhand smoke
  • alcohol
  • tobacco-related diseases
  • chronic diseases
  • cancers
  • injuries
  • musculo-skeletal
  • health risk
  • public health

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Changes in Tobacco Use Patterns during COVID-19 and Their Correlates among Older Adults in Bangladesh
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(4), 1779; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18041779 - 12 Feb 2021
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The present study explored the changes in tobacco use patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic and their correlates among older adults in Bangladesh. This cross-sectional study was conducted among 1032 older adults aged ≥60 years in Bangladesh through telephone interviews in October 2020. Participants’ [...] Read more.
The present study explored the changes in tobacco use patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic and their correlates among older adults in Bangladesh. This cross-sectional study was conducted among 1032 older adults aged ≥60 years in Bangladesh through telephone interviews in October 2020. Participants’ characteristics and COVID-19-related information were gathered using a pretested semi-structured questionnaire. Participants were asked if they noted any change in their tobacco use patterns (smoking or smokeless tobacco) during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to pre-pandemic (6 months prior to the survey). Nearly half of the participants (45.6%) were current tobacco users, of whom 15.9% reported increased tobacco use during the COVID-19 pandemic and all others had no change in their tobacco use patterns. Tobacco use was significantly increased among the participants from rural areas, who had reduced communications during COVID-19 compared to pre-pandemic (OR = 2.76, 95%CI:1.51–5.03). Participants who were aged ≥70 years (OR = 0.33, 95% CI: 0.14–0.77), widowed (OR = 0.36, 95% CI: 0.13–1.00), had pre-existing, non-communicable, and/or chronic conditions (OR = 0.44, 95% CI: 0.25–0.78), and felt themselves at the highest risk of COVID-19 (OR = 0.31, 95% CI: 0.15–0.62), had significantly lower odds of increased tobacco use. Policy makers and practitioners need to focus on strengthening awareness and raising initiatives to avoid tobacco use during such a crisis period. Full article
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