If you are a smoker, you’ve heard about all the health risks and why you should quit. The current COVID-19 pandemic, however, brings a new layer of concerns and risks for smokers. Here’s what you should know.
#1. Increased Transmission Risk
- Smoking requires you to bring your hands to your lips on multiple occasions and this increases the chances of virus transfer from your fingers or contaminated cigarettes into your body.
- If you smoke a Middle Eastern style hookah or water pipe, there is an added concern of transmission via the shared mouthpiece and hose.
#2. Elevated Risk of Lung Problems
- If you have any problems that reduce your body’s ability to use oxygen properly or your body has increased oxygen needs, you have a higher risk for lung-related complications like pneumonia.
- Many smokers have reduced lung capacity and some have pre-existing lung disease and this raises the risk of serious illness.
#3. Adverse Effect On Heart Health
COVID-19 is known to affect not just the lungs but also stress the cardiovascular system. Smoking, in turn, increases the risk of heart and circulatory diseases.
Why This May Be A Good Time To Quit Smoking
Whether you’ve toyed with the idea in the past or not, this is a good time to try to quit smoking. Consider these:
- Even if you’ve been a long-time smoker, quitting immediately reduces the risk of heart/circulatory diseases.
- Your blood pressure and heart rate come down to normal 20 minutes after you smoke that last cigarette.
- In 2-3 months your lung function and breathing improve. And in a year your risk of heart attack is half that of a smoker. Try now!