Quitting smoking can increase the individual effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccine. This is the conclusion reached by Japanese scientists from Dokke and Jichi Medical Universities. This is stated in a study published by the portal medRxiv…
In the study, the authors took blood from 378 health workers (255 women, 123 men) three months after being vaccinated with the second component of the Pfizer vaccine in order to measure the titers of antibodies to the coronavirus. In the analysis, the scientists took into account the data of the study participants about the history of diseases, age and bad habits.
The scientists then compared samples of volunteers who smoked and those who had never smoked. It turned out that the concentration of antibodies in the blood of the first group, regardless of gender, was below normal by 140-250 units. Age also mattered, with the lowest IgG levels in older study participants.
Quitting smoking can improve individual vaccine efficacy, the researchers noted.
On July 5, the director of the Khodanova Immunocorrection Center, physician, Lyudmila Lapa, said that smoking within three days after vaccination could potentially cause blood clots and aggravate or exacerbate possible side effects from the vaccination. According to her, when smoking, as well as when drinking alcohol, vascular spasms, blood thickening and a sharp thrombus formation occur, just as it happens when infected with a coronavirus infection and any other viruses.
On May 31, the chief freelance psychiatrist-narcologist of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Yevgeny Brun, said that the fear of contracting coronavirus led to the fact that Russians began to quit smoking en masse. The expert noted that recently there has been a tendency to reduce tobacco consumption in all categories of citizens. He pointed out that in 2019, a third of the country’s population was smokers.
Large-scale vaccination against COVID-19 has been taking place in Russia since January 18. The vaccination is given free of charge to everyone on a voluntary basis. At the moment, four drugs for coronavirus are registered in the country: Sputnik V, Sputnik Light, EpiVacCorona and KoviVak.
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