World No Tobacco Day 2021: Here's Why It's Essential to Quit Smoking During Covid-19 Pandemic

‘Commit to quitting’ is the theme for World No Tobacco Day 2021


  • World No Tobacco Day is celebrated on 31 May
  • Smoking affects your lungs and other organs of the body
  • Quitting smoking can help you reduce the risk of various diseases

Smoking is harmful to health and causes cancer. In addition to cancer, there are several health problems that can increase due to smoking. It leads to disease and disability and harms almost every part of the body. Heart and lung disease, stroke, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which include emphysema and chronic bronchitis, can all be caused by smoking.

In addition to smoking, secondhand exposure to smoking can also cause stroke and lung cancer. Even if children are exposed to it, there is an increased risk of sudden infant death disorder, acute respiratory infections, mumps, worse asthma, respiratory symptoms and delayed lung growth. Since Covid-19 is closely associated with chronic lung and respiratory diseases, research suggests that smokers are at greater risk of contracting the virus.

Smoking or any type of tobacco reduces the capacity of the lungs and makes them prone to contract various respiratory diseases, also due to a compromised lung capacity, increasing the chances that the respiratory disease will contract seriously.

It is highly advisable to try to quit smoking to lead a healthy and positive life. Here are some important ways to help a person quit smoking: –

  • Be motivated to quit smoking by keeping your health safe an important reason
  • Prepare before you plan to quit smoking, it is an addiction and can also have withdrawal symptoms, and therefore should be done gradually by reducing the number of cigarettes per day.
  • Consider nicotine replacement therapy
  • It is good to consult your doctor to help quit smoking

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As mentioned above, smokers are at greater risk of contracting the virus, which is why taking a Covid-19 vaccine as and when available is very important. People should also understand that they should not smoke after taking the first sting of Covid-19 vaccine as it lowers the antibody response to various vaccines.

Here are some important things to keep in mind when taking the Covid-19 vaccine: –

  • Sleep at least 6 hours every night for a week before you plan to take a Covid-19 vaccine.
  • Taking a probiotic helps to build an immune response
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not stress, as stress can weaken the response to a vaccine
  • Avoid consuming alcohol at least before 3 days after receiving the vaccine, also avoid using alcohol after taking the vaccine for some time
  • Eat a healthy and protein-rich diet
  • Enjoy some mediation and breathing exercises

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It should be noted by the people who smoke that they are more likely to catch Coavid-19, they should plan to quit smoking as soon as possible. Quitting smoking should also always be done in a gradual and planned manner, taking the help of your doctor is a advisable way. This World No Tobacco Day, let’s plan to stop using tobacco and be more careful about our health.

(Dr. Nikhil Modi is a Senior Consultant, Respiratory, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi)

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