The virus that causes COVID-19 attacks the respiratory system, and it is well settled that smoking makes one more susceptible to respiratory infections. Transmission of the virus could also happen through hand-to-mouth action of smoking, vaping or waterpipe smoking, and potentially, through exhaled air.  Hence, to prevent COVID-19 infection; smoking, vaping, and waterpipe smoking have been discouraged by experts; some jurisdictions also temporarily ban the same. However, stories that spread in the media about smoking and vaping send a different message to the public,  and some of these articles have links to the tobacco industry, including those funded by Philip Morris

Date

Title

Author,
Publisher

Persons/ Organizations  cited1

 

Industry Links
 

August 7, 2020

Characteristics and risk factors for COVID-19 diagnosis and adverse outcomes in Mexico: an analysis of 89,756 laboratory–confirmed COVID-19 cases

European Respiratory Journal

Konstantinos Farsalinos

Konstantinos Farsalinos

August 29, 2020

Study Says E-Cig Use Not Linked to Lung Injuries

Tobacco Asia

Tom Miller

Tom Miller

August 1, 2020

Can the nicotine in cigarettes reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection?

Eternews

The leading neuroscientist in France, Jean-Pierre Changeux, Hospital Pitié-Salpêtrière (France)

Jean-Pierre Changeux

July 2, 2020

Scotland’s CMO told to stop fuelling “unwarranted fears” about smoking and vaping

Forest

Gregor Smith

Simon Clark

Simon Clark

Forest

July 1, 2020

Global Health Perspective with Derek Yach

Global Health Perspective with Derek Yach

 

Konstantinos Farsalinos

Derek Yach

June 30, 2020

Smokers not more susceptible to COVID-19 infection: Researchers

Al-Aees, S., Daily News Egypt

Riccardo Polosa

Riccardo Polosa

June 24, 2020

NNA Zoom Webcast with Dr Farsalinos

Planet of the Vapes

Konstantinos Farsalinos

Konstantinos Farsalinos

June 22, 2020

Coordinated Confusion

Donahue, T., Vapovoice

David Abrams
David Sweanor
Clive Bates
Robert Beaglehole
John Britton
Tikki Pangest
Konstantinos Farsalinos
Sally Satel
Tim Andrews
Tom Miller
Rajesh Sharan
Michelle Minton

Konstantinos Farsalinos

Tom Miller

May 12, 2020

Can we afford to ignore the growing link between nicotine and Covid-19 survival?

Snowdown, C.,
The Telegraph

Jean-Pierre Changeux

Jean-Pierre Changeux

May 11, 2020

MORE evidence emerges that smokers are protected from coronavirus: Italian study finds them FIVE TIMES less likely to end up in hospital (but almost twice as likely to die if they do)

Chalmers, V.,
Daily Mail

Nicola Gaibazzi 
David Simons
Linda Bauld
Francois Balloux
Constantine Vardavas
David Hockney
Jamie Brown

 

May 9, 2020

Systematic review of the prevalence of current smoking among hospitalized COVID-19 patients in China: could nicotine be a therapeutic option?

Farsalinos, K.,
Barbouni, A.,
and Niaura, R.,
Internal and
Emergency Medicine

 

Konstantinos Farsalinos

May 5, 2020

Consumer group asks DOH to have an open mind on nicotine

Metro News Central

Jean-Pierre Changeux

Jean-Pierre Changeux

May 4, 2020

Why are smokers less frequently hospitalized for COVID-19?

La Voz De Michoacan

Konstantinos Farsalinos

Jean-Pierre Changeux

Konstantinos Farsalinos

 

Jean-Pierre Changeux

May 2, 2020

Smokers seem less likely than non-smokers to fall ill with covid-19

The Economist

Jason Sheltzer

 

May 1, 2020

No Evidence Vaping Makes COVID-19 Worse

Tobacco Asia

 


Tom Miller

 

Tom Miller

April 29, 2020

UK Vape Association Commends PHE’s Latest E-Cig Report

Caruana, D.,
Vaping Post

John Dunne

UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA)

April 29, 2020

Smokers May Have “Defenses” Against Coronavirus

Martinez, A.,
GQ

Konstantinos Farsalinos

Konstantinos Farsalinos

April 28, 2020

Why Are Smokers Being Hospitalized Less Often From Coronavirus?

Norcia, A.,
Vice Media

Konstantinos Farsalinos
Raymond Niaura
Clive Bates
Jean-Pierre Changeux
Derek Yach
Jed Rose
Michael Siegel

Konstantinos Farsalinos 

Jean-Pierre Changeux

Derek Yach

Vice Media 

April 26, 2020

Coronavirus: France limits nicotine patch sales after researchers say product may protect against disease

Dalton, J.,
Independent

Olivier Veran

Jean-Pierre Changeux

Jean-Pierre Changeux

April 25, 2020

Why did France ban the sale of tobacco substitutes online in COVID-19?

Phunu Moi

Jean-Pierre Changeux

Jean-Pierre Changeux

April 24, 2020

Cigarettes can keep coronavirus away? Researchers test if nicotine could prevent COVID-19

Live Mint

Zahir Amoura

Jean-Pierre Changeux

Jerome Salomon

Jean-Pierre Changeux

April 23, 2020

Was Hockney RIGHT? French researchers to give nicotine patches to coronavirus patients and frontline workers after lower rates of infection were found among smokers

Kekatos, M.,
Daily Mail

David Hockney
Jean-Pierre Changeux
Francois Balloux
Jamie Brown
Jason Sheltzer
Jean-François Delfraissy
Anastasia Barbouni
Konstantinos Farsalinos
Raymond Niaura
Paul Hunter
Chris Whitty
Constantine Vardavas

Jean-Pierre Changeux

April 23, 2020

Can nicotine reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection?

Thanh Nien

Jean-Pierre Changeux

Jean-Pierre Changeux

April 23, 2020

Smoke fags, save lives

Snowdown, C.,
Spiked

Jean-Pierre Changeux
Konstantinos Farsalinos

Jean-Pierre Changeux

Spiked

April 22, 2020

French researchers to test nicotine patches on coronavirus patients

Willsher, K.,
The Guardian

Jean-Pierre Changeux

Jean-Pierre Changeux

April 21, 2020


A nicotinic hypothesis for Covid-19 with preventive and therapeutic implications

Changeux, JP. et al.,
Qeios

 

Jean-Pierre Changeux

April 17, 2020

Forest Ireland: Now is NOT the time to lecture smokers and vapers about their lifestyle

Forest

John Mallon
Luke Clancy

Forest

April 15, 2020

No, vapers are not at greater risk of catching Covid-19

Marar, S.,
Spiked

New York mayor
Bill de Blasio


Stanton Glantz 
Riccardo Polosa
Konstantinos Farsalinos

Konstantinos Farsalinos

Riccardo Polosa

Spiked

April 15, 2020

Coronavirus: nicotine, a tobacco molecule, a protection for smokers?

Turban, P.,
RTL

Bertrand Dautzenberg
Marion Adler

 

April 11, 2020

Nicotine and Covid-19: a survey of more than 5,000 vapers

SoVape

Jean-François Delfraissy

SoVape

April 04, 2020

Smoking, vaping and hospitalization for COVID-19

Farsalinos, K., Barbouni, A. and Niaura, R.,
Qeios

 

Konstatinos Farsalinos

April 02, 2020

Vaping sector ‘open for business’ despite coronavirus crisis

Wells, L.,
Talking Retail

John Dunne

UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA)

April 01, 2020

Vape UK’s guide for vapers during the coronavirus crisis

Webster, N.,
Vape UK

Konstantinos Farsalinos
Rosanna O’Connor

Konstantinos Farsalinos

March 27, 2020

Vaping Lockdown Top Tips

Go Smoke Free

 

Go Smoke Free

March 25, 2020

Vape Shops Are Essential During COVID-19 Lock Down – But Government Clarification Urgently Needed Say Advocates – A Vape News Special

Humber, N.,
Ecigclick

Booby Habib

Doug Mutter

Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA)

UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA)

March 24, 2020

IBVTA issues advice to members regarding coronavirus

Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA)

 

Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA)

March 24, 2020

Vaping & COVID-19 – Information for Vapers

Sussman, R. and Escrig, C.,
Consumer Advocates for
Smoke-Free Alternatives Assoc.

 

Consumer Advocates for
Smoke-Free Alternatives Assoc. (CASAA) 

March 23, 2020

Coronavirus will NOT spread in vape clouds unless the e-cigarette user coughs when they exhale, scientists claim

Chalmers, V.,
Daily Mail

Neal Benowitz
Tom McLean
Stanton Glantz
Nora Volkow
Chris Whitty



March 20, 2020

IBVTA Campaigns to keep vape shops open during potential “lockdown”

Eccles, J.,
Vaped by Totally Wicked

 

Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA)

March 19, 2020

Coronavirus & Vaping: An Update

Dunworth, J.,
Ashtray Blog

Konstantinos Farsalinos
Riccardo Polosa

Konstantinos Farsalinos

Riccardo Polosa

March 18, 2020

The Vape industry’s response to Covid-19

Eccles, J.,
Vaped by Totally Wicked

Rosanna O’Connor

Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA)

Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA)

March 17, 2020

IBVTA writes to Business and Public Health Ministers

Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA)

 

Gillian Golden

 

Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA)

March 12, 2020

Does Vaping Increase Your Risk of Getting Coronavirus?

Bentley, G.,
Reason Foundation

New York City Mayor
Bill de Blasio

New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul 

Tara Narula
Konstantinos Farsalinos
Riccardo Polosa
Brad Polumbo

Konstantinos Farsalinos

Riccardo Polosa

March 10, 2020

COVID-19 and Tobacco Harm Reduction: What’s the Relationship?

Mcgrady, M., FilterMag

Michael Ryan
Boris Lushniak
Dharma Bhatta
Stanton Glantz
Alex Wodak
New York Mayor
Bill de Blasio
John Silvernail
Marewa Glover

McGrady Michael

Filter Magazine

Marewa Glover

March 09, 2020

Smoking, vaping and the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic: rumors vs. evidence

Farsalinos, K.,
E-cigarette Research

New York Mayor
Bill de Blasio

Konstatinos Farsalinos

March 05, 2020

Coronavirus Attacks the Lungs. Here’s What That Means for Smokers and Vapers

Hicks, J.,
Vice

Russel Buhr

Yasmin Thanavala

Vice Media

February 29, 2020

Coronavirus & Vaping | Should you be worried?

DashVapes
Youtube

 

DashVapes

February 18, 2020

How the tobacco industry could join the coronavirus fight

Owermohle, S.,
Politico

James Figlar 
Rick Bright
Tony Fauci
Ron Klain

Kentucky BioProcessing (KBP) 3

 Politico

February 15, 2020

Could tobacco cure coronavirus? Don’t laugh.

Owermohle, S.,
Politico

Alan Magill
Hugh Haydon 
Kenneth Palmer
James Figlar 
Anthony Fauci
Ron Klain

Kentucky BioProcessing (KBP)3

Politico

February 03, 2020

Scientific research – Coronavirus mostly affects non-smokers

Metronome

Harvey Chekoi  

1 Persons/organizations cited are all those that were mentioned or used in the articles listed, regardless of their views on the matter. In some cases, a person’s statement/work has been countered by the author, or the person’s name may have been used inappropriately to further the objectives / points of the author.

2 This may include the tobacco, vaping and related industries. With respect to the “tobacco industry”, note that this includes not only the tobacco industry per se, but also those that work to further its interests, including, but not limited to: 

  • entities and subsidiaries engaged in the manufacturing, distribution and/or sale of tobacco or tobacco-related products; 
  • entities working to specifically further the interests of the tobacco industry through lobbying, advertising, legal advice or similar activities; 
  • entities being funded, supported or influenced in their governance by tobacco-related entities; and 
  • entities having tobacco industry or their representatives among their members. 

See: World Health Organization (WHO). 2018. Handbook for non-state actors on engagement with the WHO. Available from: https://www.who.int/about/collaborations/non-state-actors/Handbook-for-non-State-actors-on-engagement-with-WHO.pdf?ua=1 (accessed 16 December 2020). 

3 Kentucky BioProcessing (KBP),  a subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc. and a member of the British American Tobacco Group

 

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