Current DateSeptember 19, 2021

Covid-19: tobacco but also electronic cigarettes worsen the symptoms

According to the scientist, studies have suggested that nicotine could have a protective effect on Covid-19, more recent research highlights above all the increased risks of complications for smokers, regardless of the technique used.

The risks of getting a severe form of Covid-19 are greater in smokers, according to the World Health Organization. She said so in a May 11, 2020 statement, after conducting an analysis of various studies on the subject. “WHO urges researchers, scientists and the media to be cautious not to pass on unsupported claims that tobacco or nicotine may reduce the risk of COVID-19,” the text said. By the end of April, researchers had concluded that nicotine, found in tobacco, could protect from Covid-19.

This time, scientists wanted to compare the effects of different tobacco products on the new coronavirus. Published in European Heart Journal, the study shows that whatever the product the risk of more important symptoms is increased. “Tobacco cigarettes and water pipes can contribute to the increased weight of Covid-19 symptoms, compared to non-smokers, including admission to intensive care, mechanical ventilation and serious consequences for health”. They also believe that, given the toxicity of the electronic cigarette to the lungs and the cardiovascular system, its use exposes patients “to a greater risk of suffering from a severe form of Covid-19”.

The study by German researchers also compares the general health consequences of these different products. Compared to non-smokers, the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is much higher for tobacco (704%) than for electronic cigarettes (194%. Hookah consumption increases this same risk by 218% compared to non-smokers For lung cancer, the risk has not been evaluated in electronic cigarette users, on the other hand, it is almost ten times higher for cigarette smokers compared to shisha smokers. “Water pipes are no less harmful than cigarettes and therefore cannot be considered a healthy alternative, “say the researchers.

Whatever the product used, there is a health risk: the three types of consumption can cause dysfunction of the endothelium, the cells lining the blood vessels. In short, there is no safe smoking, even for electronic cigarettes.