France Limits Sales of Nicotine Products After Fewer Smokers Catch Coronavirus

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Fearing a rush for gum and nicotine patches, France has banned online sales of the products – a move spurred by reports of fewer smokers than expected among people hospitalized for coronavirus.

In addition to the online ban, French authorities limit people who purchase smoking cessation products in pharmacies to a single one-month supply, BBC.com reported.

Infected smokers tend to have more severe symptoms; Yet a Paris hospital is currently testing the theory that nicotine could play a role in blocking infections, the report said.

Patients at the Paris hospital are receiving nicotine patches in the study.

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