French study: Nicotine may protect against Covid-19

The study showed that there are "around 80% fewer smokers among patients of Covid-19 than the general population"

A new study by a Paris hospital has suggested that nicotine could have a preventative effect against Covid-19, with smokers appearing to be less affected than non-smokers. Further trials are now starting.

The study of 480 ill patients at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris - led by Professor of Internal Medicine Zahir Amoura - was published on Wednesday this week (April 22) on pre-publication site Qeios.

The study included 350 hospitalised patients, and 130 less-severe hospital outpatients, all of whom tested positive for Covid-19. The work looked at whether the patients smoked more or less than the average, wider population of the same sex ...

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