Published: 5 January 2024
Author(s): Marco Scala, Alessandra Lugo, Giansanto Mosconi, Antonella Zambon, Anna Odone, Luc Smits, Silvano Gallus
Issue: March 2024
Section: Letter to the Editor

A relatively low smoking prevalence was observed among COronaVIrus Disease 19 (COVID-19) patients [1]. Some researchers, whose link to the tobacco industry cannot be ruled out in some cases [2], speculated that nicotine could have a protective effect against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome COronaVirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection and COVID-19 disease, and consequently that electronic cigarettes (e-cig) could reduce the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection [3–5]. Also, a systematic review of the literature suggested that nicotine containing products might be used to support smokers to stop as part of public health efforts during the COVID‐19 pandemic [1].


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