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Covid-19 Pandemic is Called Making People Difficult to Quit Smoking, Is it True?

smokers are at greater risk of being exposed to Covid-19. Because, the immunity of a smoker, especially in the respiratory tract, must be disrupted...
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Editor; Lia Sisvita Dinatri - Lung Specialist at the Department of Pulmonology and Respiration Medicine at Persahabatan Hospital, Feni Fitriani Taufik, said that the Covid-19 pandemic has made challenges more difficult for those who want to quit smoking.

Moreover, pandemic forces some people to stay at home. This condition can increase stress and the urge to smoke is getting stronger.

In fact, people who have previously quit smoking can return to smoking due to pandemic conditions. 

"Stay at home, sometimes there are also those who have work disruption, they have to quit their job. That can also be stressful in itself. It could be that, from not smoking before, they will return to their smoking habit, or even more," said Feni in a discussion at Graha BNPB, Friday (28/8/2020).

According to Feni, smokers are at greater risk of being exposed to Covid-19. Because, the immunity of a smoker, especially in the respiratory tract, must be disrupted due to smoking. 

So, there is more potential for exposure to any viruses, including Covid-19. 

"People who smoke have twice the risk of contracting Covid-19 than non-smokers," said Feni.

She explained that people who smoke have more receptors than those who are not smokers.

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This receptor, said Feni, is the place where the virus attaches. 

Furthermore, said Feni, smoking has short and long term negative effects on a person's body.

Short-term effects, such as airway irritation, which will reduce immune cells and airway defenses. 

"So it is easy to become irritated, easy to enter germs, easy to get infected, so that symptoms such as ARI, recurring coughs, will be easily exposed to smoke," said Feni.

"The long-term effect is that all people and those who smoke know very well the dangers of cancer, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, cancer, lung and all types (diseases) are all there," he said. (*) 

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Penulis: Lia Sisvita Dinatri
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