A survey by YouGov and anti-smoking group Action on Smoking has found that 300,000 Brits have stopped smoking due to coronavirus fears.

The number represents 2% of all UK smokers, and is bolstered by a further 2.4 million smokers saying they have cut down. Eight per cent of smokers say they are now trying to quit.

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However, the findings follow a controversial French report that smokers are four times less likely to contract Covid-19, resulting in health workers considering rolling out a nicotine patch trial.

“Smoking has severe pathological consequences and remains a serious danger for health. Yet under controlled settings, nicotinic agents could provide an efficient treatment for an acute infection, such as Covid-19,” it read.

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