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Ministry of Health: Smokers are at a higher risk of getting Covid-19 – Health News

In a written statement from the Ministry, it was stated that smoking and tobacco use posed more dangers than ever in this period of struggle against Covid-19. Stating that the month of Ramadan can be turned into an opportunity to quit smoking, “Scientific studies show that people who smoke and are exposed to tobacco smoke have a much higher risk of getting Covid-19 than those who do not and are not exposed to cigarette smoke. It can cause serious health problems.After not smoking all day, repeated smoking after iftar or using another tobacco product causes sudden increases in nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood. “The risk of increased blood pressure, cerebral hemorrhage and stroke increases. In addition, sudden nicotine increase causes palpitations and increases the risk of heart attack.”


In the short period between iftar and sahur, the harmful effects increase exponentially if the amount of tobacco products consumed in one full day is consumed and said, “For these reasons, it is necessary not to start using tobacco products immediately with iftar, and even consider the month of Ramadan as an opportunity to get rid of this addiction. “The longer the time spent away from tobacco products and the more permanent it becomes, the less physical need for tobacco products decreases. Special days such as the month of Ramadan contribute positively to the determination and willpower of smokers and facilitate the quitting process.”

For those who want to quit smoking, the Ministry of Health ‘ALO 171 Smoking Cessation Information Line is also available in Ramadan, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“While support is provided for cognitive-behavioral treatments that will facilitate the smoking cessation process on the hotline, our physicians can also start drug treatment for appropriate patients in smoking cessation outpatient clinics. Drugs used in smoking cessation treatment are offered to the service of our citizens free of charge. and a positive change begins in the body. Therefore, we invite our citizens who use cigarettes and other tobacco products to quit smoking, taking the opportunity of Ramadan, with the support of the Ministry of Health. “


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