Covid 19: How to harm reduction advocates and the tobacco industry capitalized on the pandemic to promote nicotine

6/2/21–In the early days of the pandemic, media outlets around the world reported that smokers seemed to be under-represented among patients seriously ill with covid-19 in China and France. The headlines asked, does nicotine protect against covid-19? The stories made headlines worldwide, and they were also picked up by libertarian media outlets. The World Health Organization worried that decades of tobacco control could be undermined. It has since been roundly disproved that smoking protects against covid-19. Read