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The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued an advisory on Tuesday that warned people against believing in a non-peer-reviewed study from France that claimed smokers are less vulnerable to contracting Covid-19. The study came about 3 months ago. The Ministry in its advisory claimed that contrary to the study findings, smoking nicotine or tobacco products increases the risk and severity of respiratory infections including Covid-19. This is because the act of smoking involves contacting fingers with lips which increases the risk of the COVID transmission in the body.