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. An expert warned against the likely myth that smoking protects from acquiring COVID-19 until we have unbiased data, free from tobacco industry links.




Industry Links

May 14, 2020

Myth: Tobacco and Cloves Dispel Corona Virus

“Dr Feni Fitriani Taufik SpP (K) revealed that the information was only a myth. The content in cigarettes which is assumed to be beneficial to the body is very wrong.”



May 13, 2020

Here’s how that rumor that smokers can’t get COVID-19 got started

“Old cigarette ads often made outrageous claims about cigarettes, including, infamously, that they could cure asthma. (They can’t.) So the rumors that smokers might be at lower risk for contracting COVID-19 seem similarly specious.”



May 12, 2020

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

The Telegraph


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)

Daily Mail

Cited the French Study which involves Jean-Pierre Changeux

May 9, 2020

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

Internal and Emergency Medicine

Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos

May 7, 2020

Tobacco industry targeting vulnerable communities in times of Covid-19 pandemic

“Tobacco industry is actively involved in promoting and spreading false information through researches the benefits of nicotine patches that is a product of tobacco and smoking as a weapon that protects from Covid-19” – Azhar Saleem, CEO Human Development Foundation (HDF)

Pakistan Observer


May 5, 2020

Consumer group asks DOH to have an open mind on nicotine

Metro News Central

Nicotine Consumers Union of the Philippine

May 4, 2020

Why are smokers less frequently hospitalized for COVID-19?

La Voz

Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos

May 2, 2020

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

The Economist

Jean-Pierre Changeux

May 1, 2020

No Evidence Vaping Makes COVID-19 Worse

Tobacco Asia

Tom Miller

April 29, 2020

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

Vaping Post

UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA)

April 29, 2020

Allowing exceptions for vaping at this time: a difficult, but necessary decision

News 24


April 29, 2020

Smokers May Have “Defenses” Against Coronavirus


Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos

April 28, 2020

Why Are Smokers Being Hospitalized Less Often From Coronavirus?

Vice Media

Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos and Jean-Pierre Changeux; Source: Vice Media 

April 26, 2020

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


Jean-Pierre Changeux

April 25, 2020

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

Phunu Moi

Jean-Pierre Changeux

April 24, 2020

The tobacco industry is trying to get cigarettes classified as an ‘essential’ item during lockdown



April 24, 2020

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

Live Mint

Jean-Pierre Changeux

April 24, 2020

Nicotine and coronavirus. Government limits sale of tobacco cessation products

Ouest France

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

Mail Online

Jean-Pierre Changeux

April 23, 2020

Can nicotine reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection?

Thanh Nien

Jean-Pierre Changeux

April 23, 2020

Smoke fags, save lives


Jean-Pierre Changeux and Source: Spiked

April 22, 2020

French researchers to test nicotine patches on coronavirus patients

The Guardian

Jean-Pierre Changeux

April 21, 2020

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

Changeux, JP. et al.

Jean-Pierre Changeux

April 17, 2020

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



April 15, 2020

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

Marar, S.

Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos and Source: Spiked

April 15, 2020

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

Turban, P.


April 15, 2020

The new crown epidemic did not have a significant adverse effect on e-cigarette companies

Viridis oversease investment


April 11, 2020

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



April 04, 2020

Smoking, vaping and hospitalization for COVID-19

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

Author: Dr. Konstatinos Farsalinos

April 02, 2020

Vaping sector ‘open for business’ despite coronavirus crisis

Wells, L.
Talking Retail

 UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA)

April 01, 2020

Vape UK’s guide for vapers during the coronavirus crisis

Webster, N.
Vape UK


March 27, 2020

Vaping Lockdown Top Tips

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.

Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA) and UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA)

March 24, 2020

IBVTA issues advice to members regarding coronavirus

Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA)

Source: Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA)

March 24, 2020

Vaping & COVID-19 – Information for Vapers

Sussman, R. and Escrig, C.

Authors: Sussman, R. and Escrig, C.

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

Neil Benowitz

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

Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos and Riccardo Polosa

March 18, 2020

The Vape industry’s response to Covid-19

Eccles, J.
Vaped by Totally Wicked

Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA)

March 17, 2020

IBVTA writes to Business and Public Health Ministers

Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA)

Source: Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA)

March 17, 2020

European Smokers, Vapers Still Get Their Fix During Lockdowns

Gretler, C.


March 12, 2020

Does Vaping Increase Your Risk of Getting Coronavirus?

Bentley, G.
Reason Foundation

Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos and Riccardo Polosa

March 10, 2020

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

Mcgrady, M.

Author: McGrady Michael and Source: Filter Magazine

March 09, 2020

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

Farsalinos, K.
E-cigarette Research

Author: Dr. Konstatinos Farsalinos

March 05, 2020

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

Hicks, J.

Source: Vice Media

February 29, 2020

Coronavirus & Vaping | Should you be worried?



February 18, 2020

How the tobacco industry could join the coronavirus fight

Owermohle, S.

Source: Politico

February 15, 2020

Could tobacco cure coronavirus? Don’t laugh.

Owermohle, S.

Source: Politico

February 03, 2020

Scientific research – Coronavirus mostly affects non-smokers



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