CM – Smoking makes it harder to fight Covid-19: Doctor


He added that WHO urges researchers, scientists and the media to be cautious about reinforcing unsubstantiated claims that tobacco or nicotine could reduce the risk of Covid-19.

Published: May 31, 2021 4:55 AM |

Last updated: May 31, 2021 4:55 am

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BENGALURU: Tobacco is a known risk factor for many respiratory infections and its use increases the severity of respiratory diseases, said Dr. C. Ramachandra, director of the Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology.

In a press release on World No Tobacco Day (May 31), Dr. Ramachandra: “Covid-19 is an infectious disease that mainly affects the lungs and smoking affects lung function, making it difficult for the body to fight coronavirus and other diseases. « 

A review of public health expert studies, convened by public health experts on April 29 last year, found that smokers with Covid-19 are more likely to develop serious illnesses than non-smokers. » Tobacco is also a major risk factor for non-communicable ones Diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease and diabetes, which put people with these conditions at higher risk of developing serious illnesses when affected by Covid-19, « said Dr Ramachandra, adding this available research suggest that smokers are at higher risk of developing serious illnesses and causing death.

He added that the WHO urges researchers, scientists and the media to be cautious about unproven claims to reinforce that tobacco or nicotine could reduce the risk of Covid-19.

There are ni There is not enough information to confirm a link between tobacco / nicotine in the prevention or treatment of Covid-19, as is claimed.

Over 3,000 cases of tobacco-related cancer are recorded in Kidwai each year. Most of these cases seek cancer treatment at an advanced stage of the disease where curative treatment is elusive. According to the Bangalore Population Cancer Registry, the average age-adjusted incidence rate of tobacco-related cancer is 40 per 1.00,000 people in men and 21 per 1.00,000 people in women.

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