Italy has become the most serious country in the world except China. Since the first novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pneumonia case occurred in Lombardia, the epidemic has spread rapidly to other parts of the country. By the time of publication, there were nearly 28000 confirmed cases and more than 2100 deaths in Italy. Because of the large number of patients in need of intensive care, Italy’s national health care infrastructure is facing great pressure.
In order to contain the epidemic, the Italian government has taken some of the most severe measures in the world, such as banning all public gatherings, closing schools, and requiring the closure of most commercial enterprises, including bars and restaurants. Initially, e-cigarette stores were included in the closure list, but now the ban has been lifted. To that end, the country needs to thank one person in particular.
“I was a little angry, and the next day I made some statements.”
Riccardo polosa, an Italian scientist
Dr. Riccardo polosa is a world-renowned scientist and researcher who is dedicated to studying how to reduce the harm of e-cigarettes and tobacco products. Dr. polosa is the founder of coehar in Catania, Italy. He has published dozens of research papers on Ziyan. Recently, Dr. polosa received an exclusive interview with filter video on the business ban during the Italian epidemic and its impact on cigarette and electronic cigarette users.
The questioner was Helen Redmond, and the respondent was Riccardo polosa.
Q: How many people use electronic cigarettes in Italy?
A: Nearly one million people use electronic cigarettes, and about 16 million use cigarettes.
Q: The Italian government recently closed most of its stores, including e-cigarettes. How was the decision reversed?
A: On March 11. China’s prime minister, conti, announced a comprehensive moratorium on all commercial activities, including bars and restaurants, with the exception of pharmacies, supermarkets, newspaper kiosks and tobacco shops.
I was a little angry, and the next day I made some statements. I think it’s a very wrong decision to allow tobacco shops to operate and ban e-cigarette shops. The reason is very simple: under the condition of high anxiety and tension, people will use a lot of cigarettes when they are trapped at home, which will expose many people around them to the risk of second-hand smoke, especially infants.
Novel coronavirus pneumonia is the most important problem in Italy. One hundred thousand people in China use electronic cigarettes, but due to the pressure brought by the new crown pneumonia, they may start using cigarettes again when they are addicting to smoking. From the perspective of public health, I think it is very dangerous. I asked the government this question:
“Hundreds of thousands of e-cigarette users are at risk of returning to cigarettes.”
I called anafe, Italy’s most important producer of e-cigarettes and e-cigarettes, and they had political ties with the government. Through the e-cigarette Association, I raised these questions and pointed out the fact that smokers cannot choose low-risk products, which is extremely unfair.
Most importantly, hundreds of thousands of e-cigarette users are likely to reuse cigarettes. I think it’s already a public health issue. In addition, many electronic cigarette users with respiratory diseases have improved their symptoms by using electronic cigarettes. If we stop using electronic cigarettes, we will see an increase in the aggravation of these patients. Under the current situation of overburdened beds in intensive care unit (ICU), this will cause great pressure on the national health care system.
Electronic cigarette users with respiratory diseases have achieved significant health improvement through the use of electronic cigarettes. If they reuse cigarettes, their condition will worsen.
Q: What happened next?
A: On March 13. the Italian Ministry of health and the prime minister clarified this and said that in addition to tobacco shops, e-cigarette shops can also continue to operate to meet the needs of e-cigarette users. This shift may be due to the tax problems of electronic cigarette products, but in the case of billions of dollars lost in the whole country, I don’t think tax is the main reason.
I’m very happy that the government is very open to ideas. A few days later, the government responded and said the e-cigarette store could continue to operate.
That’s good news!
This shows that, without ideological problems, the government has realized the benefits of e-cigarettes relative to cigarettes.
Q：Are you the only one who has raised the question and called?
A: I don’t think I have that much energy, but many people are willing to listen to me. Because in this case, I will try my best to evaluate objectively, so people still trust me. Of course, there are other people who have contributed in the process. Most importantly, the government moved quickly to ensure that e-cigarette stores would reopen soon.
Novel coronavirus pneumonia has been an example for the world: even though our government’s attitude towards electronic cigarette products has been wavering, it has been quite positive in coping with the outbreak of new crown pneumonia. The government attaches great importance to the needs of Italian e-cigarettes users, and is aware of the importance and relative safety of using e-cigarettes.
Q: novel coronavirus pneumonia is considered to be more risky in the United States when some people believe that if they use cigarettes or use electronic cigarettes.
A: There is no proof