Can Smoking lead to Coronavirus?
Smoking itself is of course never good for us, but news coming out now shows that in cases of coronavirus smokers seem to have been affected more than non smokers. Of course it doesn’t follow that smoking in itself is the problem. The biggest problem is that smoking weakens your immune system.
Public health officials now recommend several ways for people to improve their immune system and protect themselves against the virus.
Coming up very highly in the list of things that could help you is to quit smoking.
If the idea of being a non smoker has been on your mind for a while then perhaps now is the time to make it actually happen.
A recent study of more than 44,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in China showed that men (2.8 per cent) are more likely than women (1.7 per cent) to die of the virus. Men represented 51 per cent of confirmed cases. Some researchers believe smoking could be the reason for the disparity.
Chinese men smoke more than Chinese women — In China men smoker more than women and it has been shown that cigarette smoke weakens the defensive function of the immune system.
Even social or occasional smoking can cause damage to a your lungs and body, leading to problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and hypertension.
It may even be possible that smoking makes a person more susceptible to catching viruses like COVID-19. There is “conclusive evidence that smoking is associated with an increased risk of respiratory viral infection,” per the results of a 2014 report.
There’s currently little data to prove that smoking is a risk factor for COVID-19 specifically, but the World Health Organization (WHO) says it’s a possibility.
“There is a marked difference between males and females in this outbreak in terms of severity, and there’s certainly a marked difference in [smoking] habits in China,” Michael Ryan, executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, said in a news conference on Feb. 14.
“It goes without saying that smoking is a risk factor for severity of any lower respiratory tract infection, and we would expect it to.”
The good news is that quitting smoking can have almost immediate positive effects on a person’s body, generally to do with heart health; our bodies have a great ability to heal themselves and almost as soon as you stop smoking things can start to improve for you.
What happens when you stop smoking cigarettes?
Within just 20 minutes, your blood pressure drops to a level similar to what it was before your last cigarette.
Just eight hours later, the level of toxic carbon monoxide in your blood drops to normal, and within 24 hours, your risk of heart attack begins to drop. After 10 years of not smoking, your chance of dying from lung cancer dramatically decreases.
Can I use Hypnosis to help me quit smoking and help guard against Coronavirus?
Quitting smoking with hypnotherapy has been shown in studies to be one of the most effective ways to give up cigarettes. It’s also must better than switching to vaping, you don’t need to inhale anything and you are not still paying out lots of money all the time.
You can read all about hypnotherapy to quit smoking here...