A survey in Wuhan, China showed that smokers with COVID-19 were 14 times more likely to develop severe disease. The study took place between 30 December and 15 January 2020 and published in the Chinese Medical Journal.
According to the GOOD organization, the ban on cigarette sales in the country was a good decision as people should try and stop smoking.
Smoking is identified as a key risk factor for developing severe symptoms of the Coronavirus. Mark Rountree, the National Policy Officer for GOOD, says that “the South African government’s decision to suspend the sale of cigarettes should be supported as there is a chance that this action, by reducing smoking, can save many lives. Even if you are a smoker, stopping now can make a huge difference to your health within just a few days.”ForGoodZA
The Mayo Clinic explains why:
The Director of Public Health in England, Professor John Newton said that there has never been a more important time to stop smoking, not only for your own health but to protect those around you.
The international Union and Lung Disease said they are deeply concerned about the impact on the world’s 1.3 billion smokers.