13 May, 2020 @ 11:16
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World Health Organisation issues warning to Spain’s smokers over coronavirus

Cigarette Smoking

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a statement urging smokers to quit the habit to help prevent a second wave of COVID-19.

Released on Monday, the statement strongly links the effects of smoking to the primary symptoms of coronavirus.

“COVID-19 is an infectious disease that primarily attacks the lungs. Smoking impairs lung function making it harder for the body to fight off coronaviruses and other diseases,” reads the notice.

“Tobacco is also a major risk factor for noncommunicable diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease and diabetes which put people with these conditions at higher risk for developing severe illness when affected by COVID-19.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, claims that smoking actually helps against contracting the virus have been proven to be unfounded, while the WHO has insisted that such unverified information be ignored.

The WHO has recommended that anyone who currently smokes considers quitting using the many methods available, such as nicotine patches.

More than 29% of Spain’s population smoke, according to recent research, with figures showing that the autonomous community of Valencia has the highest percentage of smokers.

In 2019, 29,503 people were diagnosed with lung cancer, making it the fourth most common diagnosis of cancer in Spain.

James Warren

"James spent three years spent working as a junior writer at various English language newspapers in Spain before finding a home at the Olive Press. He previously worked for many years as a bid writer for an international motorsports company. Based in Cordoba since 2014, James covers the southern Subbetica region, northern and inland Malaga and the Axarquia area. Get in touch at newsdesk@theolivepress.es with news or trustworthy tips that you would like him to cover in these areas"

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