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Harmful effects of smoking in COVID-19

May 12, 2020
Harmful effects of smoking in the human body in COVID-19

COVID-19 may have harmful effects of smoking in the human body. So, stay away from smoking as much as possible during the time of COVID-19, which has shaken the economy of the entire world. Every country suffers from this epidemic. The most serious impair smoking reason in your mouth and throttle is an increased peril of cancer in your clip, lingo, throat, tone boxhaul, and cytopharynx (esophagus). More than 93% of oropharyngeal cancers (neoplasia in part of the Hals) are mainspring by smoking.

A prayer of quitting Smoking

The National African American Tobacco Prevention Network Inc. is a 20-year-old organization that facilitates implements and promotes comprehensive policies. Community-led programs, and culturally competent public health campaigns that benefit African Americans. One of its premier programs is No Menthol Sunday.

This is what we know and why No Menthol Sunday this May 17 is so important. There are now more than 8 million black Americans who smoke. Each year, more than 47,000 blacks in the United States die from diseases they get just because they smoke. More American blacks die from diseases caused by smoking than from murder, AIDS, drug, and alcohol abuse. And car crashes put together, which totals around 27,000.

The network’s annual No Menthol Sunday can effect change in the health of congregations in the Fort Wayne community. Each year the network encourages faith leaders to talk about the importance of living healthy. Not only for the sake of one’s health but for the health of the black community as a whole. The network emphasizes the role menthol tobacco products play in negatively affecting our community.  But they don’t stop there; they speak out against social, economic, and governmental systems that perpetuate health disparities and keep tobacco use at the status quo.

This year’s 2020 theme, Awaken, encourages the black community not to be deceived by the ill intentions of others. It exclaims that we must awaken ourselves to the truth, so that we may be wise and expose deception and complacency. In essence, the passage calls us to stay woke!

The network works to expose the tobacco industry’s manipulative practices. The tobacco industry has developed aggressive marketing tactics targeting human communities and addicted a young generation to nicotine through e-cigarettes and vaping products. What’s worse is that the pandemic has exacerbated all peoples’ health outcomes. Increasing their risk for more severe COVID-19 and death related to the virus.

As a part of this year’s Initiative, we are asking black churches to join the COVID BIG QUIT, a smoking cessation effort. The pandemic has created a need, now more than ever, for black Americans to seek and obtain cessation services to help them quit smoking.

Studies have shown that many peoples want to quit smoking, yet they are unsuccessful. Smoking rates in the human body are particularly concerning since smoking weakens the immune system and increases one’s risk of severe illness such as COVID-19.

How Smoking, Vaping increases your risk of coronavirus (COVID-19)

There is still a lot of uncertainty about the coronavirus, but one thing we know is that it attacks the lungs. That’s why a growing number of doctors and public health officials are urging people to stop vaping and smoking tobacco or marijuana products during the pandemic.

While few studies have outlined the direct correlation between COVID-19 and smoking, there is evidence that cigarettes weaken the immune system and limit lung function. A UCSF study published in December said that people who smoke e-cigarettes also face a significant risk of developing severe, chronic lung illnesses — such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.

A study published by the Chinese Medical Journal found that COVID-19 patients who had a history of smoking were 14 times more likely to develop pneumonia.

Of particular concern is the CDC report that those aged 20 to 44 make up a big part of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the United States.

Noting the spike in youth infections, the World Health Organization said smokers significantly increase their chances of getting the virus through hand-to-mouth transmission, while sharing water pipes can transmit respiratory particles between people.

“Smoking and vaping means you’re touching your face — it means you are putting your hands near your mouth,” Glantz said. “That’s bad.”

Cigarettes and e-cigarettes release ultrafine particles, industrial solvents. And various irritants into your airway that disable the cilia. The very small hair-like strands in the lungs and respiratory tract that filter out toxic material.

That’s your first line of defense pushing the virus out of your body. “Smoking and vaping compromise that. Once the virus gets down in your lungs you have this pro-inflammatory state that’s in your immune system and you can’t fight it off.”

There is a global movement to get cigarette companies to halt business to slow COVID-19’s impact on the world’s 1.3 billion smokers, in particular those in developing countries with overburdened health systems.

Even though he acknowledges people may be smoking more to help reduce stress and anxiety over the pandemic, the bigger objective should be giving up habits that could potentially make you more susceptible to the infection.

The good news is that those who manage to quit smoking and vaping now will see almost immediate results. Cilia start to regenerate in three days, while the normal function is typically returned within six months.

People who smoke and vape may be at greater risk for serious complications from COVID-19, according to doctors and public health officials. Here is what you should know about the correlation between vaping and smoking tobacco or marijuana during the pandemic.

Q: Are people who smoke or vape at a higher risk of getting the coronavirus?

A: Yes. Coronavirus attacks the lungs. Cigarettes and e-cigarettes compromise your immune system and lung function while releasing ultrafine particles, industrial solvents, and various irritants into your airway that disable the cilia, the small hair-like strands found in your lungs, and respiratory tract that filter out toxins. Additionally, smoking and vaping require hand-to-mouth contact, which is one of the most common ways the disease is transmitted.


Q: How can I tell the difference between withdrawal and COVID-19 symptoms?

A: Nicotine withdrawal symptoms typically include irritability and difficulty concentrating. Less common signs of withdrawal may include cough or sore throat, symptoms that are commonly associated with COVID-19. But health officials say those should not cause concern unless your condition worsens.

Written by Rajkamal Sharma

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