Smoking and COVID-19 - what have we learned?




Taking place on World No Tobacco Day (31 May), this live discussion focused on current and emerging issues related to smoking and COVID-19.

A panel of experts discussed key areas, including:

  • Evidence for increased susceptibility of smokers to COVID-19
  • COVID-19 and the interference of the tobacco industry
  • Smoking cessation - perspectives from low- and middle-income countries


  • Jonathan Grigg, Chair of the ERS Tobacco Control Committee
  • Linnea Hedman, Member of the ERS Tobacco and Control Committee
  • Sukhwinder Sohal, Head of the Respiratory Translational Research Group and Senior Lecturer in Laboratory Medicine at the University of Tasmania
  • Tom Hird, Research Fellow with the Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath
  • Richard van Zyl-Smit, Deputy Head of the Division of Pulmonology at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town



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