Healthcare Substance in tobacco may lower risk of contracting coronavirus, study suggests Updated : April 27, 2020 05:43 AM IST The researchers said they were not encouraging people to take up smoking as it has serious health implications. ICMR had advised people against smoking and gutkha consumption in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus. WHO also had warned that smokers are at greater risk of contracting coronavirus. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.