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Nicotine could protect from COVID-19

Nicotine could protect against the COVID-19 virus, especially in more severe cases, by attenuating the body’s excessive immune reaction known as cytokine storm ―the uncontrolled response that leads to the release of a flood of substances called cytokines that, in excess, can result in damage to multiple organs―. This hypothesis, which was already pointed out...

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COVID-19 hits smokers harder

Smokers may be prone to severe COVID-19 infections, in part, because their lungs contain an abundance of entry points that the virus can exploit. COVID-19 infections begin at the ACE2 receptor, a protein nestled on the surface of cells throughout the body, including in the upper and lower respiratory tracts. The coronavirus that causes COVID-19,...

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Smoking is linked to severe COVID-19 infection

Mounting evidence suggests that, compared with nonsmokers, people who smoke cigarettes face a higher risk of developing severe complications and dying from COVID-19 infections. For instance, a study of more than 1,000 patients in China, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that smokers with COVID-19 were more likely to require intensive medical...