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Smoking tobacco causes significant health challenges in the body. Research has also shown that smokers have higher fatalities and complications from Coronavirus. Here are four ways smoking impacts your health and the risks associated with COVID-19.

Smoking and lung health

Smoking damages the lungs by causing lung cancer, chronic obstructed pulmonary disease, Asthma and other respiratory diseases. Lung diseases caused by smoking occur in smokers and non-smoker exposed to tobacco smoke. Lung diseases are among underlying conditions known to place people at greater risk of more severe illnesses diagnosed with COVID-19. 


Smoking and Immunity

Smoking weakens the immune system and the body’s ability to fight infections. Smokers have increased risk factors to contact respiratory infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, influenza and meningitis.


Smoking and Noncommunicable Diseases

Smoking is the leading risk factor for Noncommunicable diseases. According to the World Health Organisation, “people with pre-existing non-communicable diseases also appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the coronavirus.”

Smoking and COVID-19

According to CDC, early evidence has found that patients with undoing health condition and risk factors, including smoking and sieges linked to smoking may be at great risk of severe complications or fatality from COVID-19. Conditions like respiratory and cardiovascular disease increase risk of severe disease in patients infected with other know coronaviruses.