Smokers are 14 times more likely to contract the coronavirus compared with those who do not, the head of the Turkish anti-addiction group told Anadolu Agency.

Professor Mujahit Ozturk, president of the Turkish Green Crescent addiction group, on Thursday urged smokers to stop smoking to protect themselves from infection.

“Tobacco and tobacco products increase the risk of catching the coronavirus, so avoiding all addicts plays an important role in protecting you from the virus,” Ozturk said. increase. Ozturk emphasized that smoking weakens the immune system and has negative impacts on treating coronavirus.

Some people have weak immune systems that make it more difficult to treat diseases like influenza. These people are at risk of delaying emergency health treatment and becoming addicted.

Ozturk stressed smoking weakens the immune system and has negative effects on coronavirus treatment.

“A weak immune system poses a threat to your health because it delays the treatment process and makes treatment difficult during the epidemic, even if you use addictive substances occasionally,” he said.

Smoking can cause damage to the lungs and block the cough reflex, so viruses and bacteria could stick to the airways, which could lead to serious infections.

According to research by Chinese doctors, a published in the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, smokers were more at risk of dying than people who are elderly. The human body is programmed to recover from the moment you stop smoking, according to Ozturk.

After COVID-19 first appeared in Wuhan, China last December, the virus spread to at least 185 countries and territories.

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