WHO says smoking linked to higher risk of severe illness and death from coronavirus

WHO noted that there appeared to be a significant link between whether or not patients smoked and the severity of disease they suffered.

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WHO says the available evidence suggests that smoking is associated with increased severity of disease and death in hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
LONDON: The World Health Organization says smoking is linked to a higher risk of severe illness and death from the coronavirus in hospitalized patients, although it was unable to specify exactly how much greater those risks might be.

In a scientific brief published this week, the U.N. health agency reviewed 34 published studies on the association between smoking and COVID-19, including the probability of infection, hospitalization, severity of disease and death.

WHO noted that smokers represent up to 18% of hospitalized coronavirus patients and that there appeared to be a significant link between whether or not patients smoked and the severity of disease they suffered, the type of hospital interventions required and patients' risk of dying.


In April, French researchers released a small study suggesting smokers were at less risk of catching COVID-19 and planned to test nicotine patches on patients and health workers, but their findings were questioned by many scientists at the time who cited the lack of definitive data.

WHO says ``the available evidence suggests that smoking is associated with increased severity of disease and death in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. It recommends that smokers quit.
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Most smokers believe smoking is cool. No matter how you indulge in it, tobacco is harmful to your health. Tobacco contains over 7,000 toxins and 70 known carcinogens (chemicals that increase cancer risk) and can damage nearly every organ of the body.

Dr Sachin Kumar, Senior Consultant - Pulmonology at Sakra World Hospital explains how smoking affects every part of your body.

The next time you are tempted to take a drag, just pause for a minute and think of the consequences of your indulgence.
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In men, smoking can result in abnormality of sperm, impotence, erectile dysfunction and prostate cancer.

In women, smoking can result in infertility, miscarriage, early menopause, and cervical and ovarian cancer.

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