The world’s first comprehensive study into nicotine addiction and its possible links to the coronavirus outbreak has been published.
Researchers from the University of Queensland found that people who had been exposed to the virus in the previous month were more likely to smoke cigarettes and nicotine, as well as other forms of tobacco, compared to people who were not exposed to it.
“Nicotine is a key driver of addiction,” lead researcher Dr Andrew Jones told AAP.
“People who smoke cigarettes are more likely than other people to become addicted to nicotine.”
It’s not just a question of smoking being addictive, but also of the use of nicotine, whether they’re able to manage it.
“There is some evidence that nicotine is an important predictor of subsequent cigarette use.”
The study found the risk of future smoking was linked to the number of times people had been in contact with other people who smoked tobacco.
“The greater the number and the more time they’ve had contact with someone who has smoked, the greater the risk they’ll become addicted,” Dr Jones said.
“This may be a factor for other diseases as well.”
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