Smoking: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 26th January 2021.

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Photo of Lee Anderson Lee Anderson Conservative, Ashfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is undertaking research to determine the extent to which smokers may experience more serious effects of covid-19 compared to non-smokers; and what information his Department holds on that matter.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

At the request of Public Health England, an independent and regularly updated rapid review of the international evidence on smoking and COVID-19 has been made and is available at the following link:

The evidence on smoking and COVID-19 is mixed and developing. We do not yet have a clear picture on the impact of smoking on COVID-19 risks. There is strong evidence that smoking tobacco is generally associated with an increased risk of developing respiratory viral infections.

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