The World Health Organization during the new coronavirus pandemic calls on all smokers to give up this bad habit, since, in the case of COVID-19, the symptoms of smokers are more frequent and more severe, said WHO representative Ruediger Krech.
“If you smoke, you need to quit right now, because the symptoms of COVID-19, if you catch this virus, will be much more serious and severe.”
Also, WHO has launched an initiative that aims to help smokers around the world quit smoking.
“The goal of the initiative is to help 1.3 billion smokers get rid of a bad habit. Within it, people will be able to receive the necessary assistance”, – said the head of the WHO Tedros Adan Ghebreyesus.
It is clarified that the central element of the initiative is the digital doctor “Florence,” which can be accessed by anyone at any time. It provides advice on how to quit smoking. Also, Johnson & Johnson provided 40,000 nicotine patches to people in need.
“Smoking kills 8 million people every year, and scientific evidence suggests that smokers are much more vulnerable to the coronavirus,” the WHO head said.
At the first stage, the initiative will be launched in Jordan, after which it will spread to the whole world.
“There are no advantages to smoking. It destroys the lungs, heart, and wallet, makes people more vulnerable to COVID-19, and reduces the chances of recovery. Smoking is a disease that needs to be treated,” said Princess Dina al-Mired, President of the International Union against cancer.