The tobacco does not help against the COVID

Le tabac n’aide pas contre la COVID

Smoking makes it vulnerable to the COVID-19, warns the public Health, despite a French study that claims the opposite.

At the end of April, a team of medical French raised the hypothesis that nicotine, a substance presence in cigarettes, could protect the coronavirus. According to their initial research, on nearly 490 patients with the COVID-19 only 5 % are smokers.

Another study in chinese published in the New England Journal of Medicine put forward an observation that is similar. Even if the protective effect against the sars coronavirus has not yet been proven, the observation was highly publicized in the world, including in Quebec.

Respiratory problems

“When we look at the health impacts of smoking causes respiratory problems, increases the effects of asthma, heart disease or cancer, this is not because it could, in theory, help a little bit to the COVID-19, it’s worth to continue to smoke,” replied the national director of public health, Horacio Arruda, Friday, during a press conference for the launch of a new anti-tobacco campaign.

Because of all the diseases that tobacco causes, ” people who smoke are more vulnerable to the COVID “, has he supported.

In addition, Dr. Arruda recalls that in the last year, smoking has been more than 13, 000 deaths in Quebec.

To overcome the problem, the public Health wants to halve the number of smokers in the province for 2025.

In 2014, 30 % of the quebec population smoked, compared to 18% in 2018. Today, the government wants to “lower the curve” to 10 %, explained Dr. Arruda in reference to the flattening of the curve of the COVID-19.

To do this, the government intends to work on four axes with its campaign “For a Quebec tobacco-free 2025″ : the denormalization of smoking, the prevention of vaping and smoking among young people, using the abandonment of the cigarette, and the protection of the ” smoking side “.

Vaping and cannabis

Quebec wants to work more on the marketing side, adapting it to the products of vaping, but also by increasing the price of the packages to become less affordable.

According to Dr. Arruda, the strategy aims to use young people to show that “smoking it is no longer cool” and avoid, as well as new smokers are added. It also aims to make interventions more specific with vulnerable people by raising awareness in a way adapted to their reality.

Public Health will also monitor closely the effects of the legalization of cannabis, compared to the rate of smokers to ensure that their number does not increase.

However, a prevention campaign involving the pot will be part of a response separate, ” said Dr. Julie Loslier, director of public health in the Montérégie and president of the Committee of vigilance on the cannabis.

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