France bans nicotine substitute supplies after coronavirus report

The health minister pointed to a survey by experts at the Paris-based hospital Pitié-Salpêtrière that found users were fewer diagnosed with the infection than others. This also revealed that nicotine was able to prevent the virus from reaching cells. France on Friday prohibited selling nicotine replacements after work published this week indicated that nicotine might provide some defense against new coronavirus infection. 

In a statement, the Health Ministry said it aimed at eliminating a lack of items such as nicotine patches for patients and reducing abuse and overuse of replacements used to treat nicotine dependency. Under the order, pharmacies are not allowed to market replacements worth more than a month until May 11 when France starts to ease the lockdown steps and reopen colleges. 
France bans nicotine substitute supplies after coronavirus report

The declaration also specified the suspension of online sales. "There is a fascinating statistical article written by a team of French experts that appears to demonstrate that there are fewer patients in the country taking nicotine — and thus smoking than in the rest of the nation," health minister Olivier Veran told parliament on Wednesday. "But careful, this does not imply stopping tobacco. Tobacco kills, "said Veran, noting that every year in France more than 70,000 citizens suffer from smoking-related diseases. 

He was responding to a report by researchers at the Paris hospital Pitié-Salpêtrière that found smokers were less contaminated with the virus than others. It also suggested that nicotine can prevent the virus from entering cells. However, researchers cautioned that smokers contaminated with coronavirus will experience more serious cases of the COVID-19 respiratory disorder that it causes.