Smoking and Covid-19
It is well documented that smoking is detrimental to lung health and that it is associated with a plethora of respiratory diseases. Smoking also disrupts the immune system, compromising the body's responsiveness to infections.
Growing evidence suggests that smoking could be linked with worse Covid-19 outcomes.
Smoking is also a high - risk factor for many identified underlying conditions such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes which could also lead to more severe outcomes.
The World Health Organisation has cautioned that the act of smoking also involves frequent hand - to - mouth movement. One way to prevent transmission is to avoid touching the face. As such smoking could increase the risk of infections. Similarly, the sharing of cigarettes and hookah pipes could also increase the risk of transmissions.
E-cigarettes are also linked to respiratory and lung damage - in the face of Covid-19, all efforts to protect the lungs and immune system are important.
Many governments have implemented lockdown measures as a public health intervention, a reality is that this could increase the risk of exposure to second-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke is also harmful to the health of non-smokers especially children.
The benefits of stopping smoking include short and long term health benefits. It is important to highlight that it is always beneficial to stop smoking no matter how many years one has smoked or whether one has already developed a tobacco-related disease.
The National Council Against Smoking encourages people to stop using all tobacco products and tobacco substitutes such as e-cigarettes to protect health. Call us on 011 720 3145 or reach out via WhatsApp on 063 828 2909 for assistance.
To learn more about Smoking and Covid-19 see the resources below.
Also follow the Department of Health at http://www.health.gov.za/index.php/outbreaks/145-corona-virus-outbreak/465-corona-virus-outbreak
In the Media
Listen to NCAS on Good Hope FM on the importance of redoubling efforts to stop smoking amidst Covid-19.
Listen to the Executive Director of NCAS Savera Kalideen on SAFM talking about Smoking and Covid-19
Listen to Zanele Mthembu on Ukhozi FM with motivation on how to stop smoking.
Listen to the both sides of the story debate on the temporary ban on tobacco products
Listen to SAFM on illicit tobacco market in S.A