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On April 24 last year, in the White House Briefing Room, President Donald J. Trump, a man with no scientific or medical qualifications to his name, mused aloud on the (unsurprisingly, highly dangerous) idea of injecting bleach as a treatment for COVID-19. A side camera showed the face of White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx as she listened. As Trump continued [...] she did not contradict him, later citing her military training as the reason for her silence. At the eighth annual Global Forum on Nicotine—streaming free online from the UK this week—parallels between the politicization of COVID and that of nicotine science will be under discussion.