Chinese doctors say that acute smokers are more at risk of dying from COVID-19 than elderly people.
According to research carried out by Chinese doctors, smokers are 14 times more likely to contract coronavirus compared with those who do not.
Professor Mucahit Ozturk, president of anti-addiction group Turkish Green Crescent, on Thursday urged smokers to quit their addiction to protect themselves.
“Using tobacco and tobacco products increases the risk of catching the coronavirus, therefore, avoiding all addictive substances plays an important role in protecting ourselves against the virus,” Ozturk said.
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“A weak immune system poses a threat to your health since it delays the treatment process and makes treatment difficult during the epidemic, even if you occasionally use addictive substances,” he added.
“Smoking can cause damage to the lungs and block the cough reflex so viruses and bacteria could stick to the airways and lungs, which could lead to serious infections.”
Similar statement has been made on the side of the World Health Organization (WHO), smokers are more vulnerable to the virus as fingers are in contact with the lips, which increases the possibility of hand-to-mouth transmission.
“The human body is programmed to recover from the moment you stop smoking,” Ozturk said.