Tobacco use causes a higher risk to the effects of COVID19- WHO

By Ronald Kabuye

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that tobacco use is a key cause for chronic weakening of the respiratory system which also is the body part directly affected by COVID19.

This follows the misleading release of French statistics on an open-access website, Qeios that smokers are at lower risk of COVID-19 and by implication nicotine may offer protection from COVID-19

In a statement issued by Caroline Renzulli, the head of international communications at the American Based Tobacco Free kids the  conclusion of French statistics  is inconsistent with the growing body of evidence that smokers are at greater risk of suffering more severe consequences of COVID-19, has been derived from a citation that is not part of a peer-reviewed study of any kind and does not stand up to scientific scrutiny.

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