Emerging evidence from China shows smokers with COVID-19 are 14 times more likely to develop severe respiratory disease.
If people smoke, you are not only putting yourself at greater risk of developing severe disease from the COVID-19 virus but those around you exposed to second-hand smoke, including children, are also put at increased risk.
Smoking tobacco is known to damage the lungs and airways causing a range of severe respiratory problems. The evidence clearly shows COVID-19 virus attacks the respiratory system, which explains why smokers are at greater risk. A small but highly impactful survey from China finds that smokers with COVID-19 are 14 times more likely to develop severe disease.
In addition, the repetitive hand to mouth movement provides an easy route of entry for the virus, putting smokers at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.
Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement at Public Health England said:
“In light of this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, there has never been a more important time to stop smoking. Not only for your own health but to protect those around you. It will also help alleviate the huge pressures on the NHS.
“It is never too late to quit, no matter your age.”
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