French study indicates that smoking may reduce risk of COVID-19

Our cross sectional study in both COVID-19 out- and inpatients strongly suggests that daily smokers have a very much lower probability of developing symptomatic or severe SARS-CoV-2 infection as compared to the general population.

They found that only about 5% of COVID-19 patients were regular smokers, compared to about 25% for the general population. They theorize that nicotine may bind to receptors and prevent infection:

Nicotine and the nicotinic receptor (and not the smoke of cigarettes per se, which is responsible for a very heavy public health burden with more than 78,000 deaths per year in France) may be indeed involved in the pathway leading to viral infection, and particularly in the most severe forms of the disease. Nicotine administration, e.g. via a transcutaneous route may be tested as a therapy to recapitulate the protecting effect of smoking against SARS CoV2 infection.

Time to consider medicinal tobacco or nicotine treatments?

Oh great now President Trump is going to order the Fed to confiscate all the Camel Wides and we have to hotbox them in a gas mask.

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Buy all the nicotine patches now before the rush.

And both Canada and Israel are looking into whether certain compounds in Cannabis are beneficial. Next we’ll hear the disinfectant remark actually had merit in the form of hard alcohol. A fifth of Jack Daniels, a pack of cigarettes and a joint every night to keep the Covid away. Our voices will save us!

If it doesn’t kill you but kills the virus. Go for it!!

You may get COVID-19 but who cares?

Of course the FDA claims smoking may increase the risk for COVID-19 based on previous studies with flu and other diseases. I see no evidence that they actually looked at the numbers for COVID-19:

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I’ll never get COVID, then.

weed

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laughs in stoner

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Well ■■■■ I should be just fine considering the pack of Marlboro menthols i smoke per day.

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It looks like France is moving ahead with tests of nicotine patches as treatment for COVID-19:

Medicinal nicotine here we come?

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You can bet your butt that no U.S federal agency will ever admit that smoking is helpful for anything.

I’m sorry, what?

It looks France is concerned about running out of nicotine:

The study should have some preliminary results within a few weeks.

Well, I guess I’m glad I’ve been stocking up on nic salts for my vape thing.

Smokers and individuals with COPD have increased airway expression of ACE-2, which is the entry receptor for the COVID-19 virus. This may explain the increased risk of severe COVID-19 in these subpopulations and highlight importance of smoking cessation.–from the abstract of the paper referenced in Sky News

There is no reference to the second sentence of that statement, nor do I see any data in the paper to support the claim. Is it an urban legend?

The French study presented data indicates that far fewer smokers got the disease than expected from their portion of the population. It is possible that the smokers who actually get the disease are more likely to have serious pneumonia than other COVID-19 patients. These statements are not mutually exclusive.

Never thought I would see the day were a study showed that smoking can save you.

UPDATE: Doctors in the UK are calling for tests on the effectiveness of nicotine as the ongoing study in France continues.

Meanwhile Canadian scientists claim that special strains of marijuana may block receptors that the coronavirus uses to infect cells.

I doubt there will be any trouble finding subjects for trials on these proposed therapies.

“Nine out of ten doctors recommend Camels” (1950s era cigarette ad)

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If you wanna sound like a jazz singer, smoke Kool full flavor menthols. They’ll give you that raspy voice you need.

Not an actual ad but I do remember reading about some singers who credited their voice to chain smoking Kools.