Cigarette Smoking exposes nearly every organ of the body especially the respiratory organ of the body.
Despite the frequent warnings about the dangers of smoking by health experts, there is still high increase in the rate of cigarette smoking.
We are in the midst of a global pandemic, hence these warnings about the health risk posed by smoking takes a new level. The relationship established between dangers of smoking and the Corona virus by health experts pleads a sense of urgency. The Corona virus is an acute respiratory disease that first attacks the upper respiratory tract before moving further down the lungs to cause damage; this leads symptoms such as
— Shortness of breath and Pneumonia.
Given these underlined dangers of Covid-19, and more so, the health care system in most part of the world is already heavily burdened with this pandemic and the rising urgency to balance the rising number of Covid-19 cases and available health care facilities; there’s need to cut-down or quit smoking to help build a better defense against Covid-19 and reduce the burden on health care system.
The WHO have also highlighted that smokers and tobacco users are highly exposed to the risk of Covid-19 “Smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to Covid-19, as the act of smoking means that the fingers (and possibly contaminated cigarettes) are in contact with the Lips which increases the possibility of transmission of the virus from hand to mouth. Smokers may also already have lung disease or reduced lung capacity which will greatly increase the risk of serious infections.”
According to the American Lung Association on March 27; ” An important step to immediately improve your health and possibly avoid the most serious symptoms of this scary disease is to consider quitting smoking and vaping.”
Further, a study published by the New England journal of Medicine in the early week of Covid-19 spread, found out that the data of 1,099 Covid-19 patients in China, 173 patients who had severe symptoms, 16.9% were current smokers and 5.2% were former smokers. Out of 926 people who had less severe symptoms, 11.8% were current smokers and 1.3% former smokers.
Cigarette smoking is one of the major causes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Cigarette smoke can narrow the air passages, and make breathing more difficult. It causes chronic inflammation, or swelling in the lung, which can lead to chronic bronchitis. Over time cigarette smoke destroys lung tissue and may trigger changes that grow into cancer. This is evident that those who damaged their respiratory tract due to smoking will face tough race fighting the virus.
Benefits of quitting Smoking
Resolving to quit smoking have its benefits such as
— Boosting the Immune system
— Reduce risk of Cancer
— Lower risk of diabetes
— Improves sex life
— Increase level of blood circulation
— High oxygen level
— Reduce risk of Inflammation.