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
ERS Vision Live

More content like this

Access the ERS Vision Live archive to watch past events.

Visit the archive