If you haven’t quit smoking by now, perhaps this new information about the correlation between smoking and the development of complications due to the coronavirus might encourage you to finally quit.
How Smoking Lowers Your Immunity
We all know that smoking cigarettes causes cancer but the habit can also cause a cold to linger, impair healing and irreparably damage your immune system. Your immune system is an intricate interdependent network of cells, tissues and organs that defend your body against “invaders” such as bacteria, viruses and parasites. When you smoke you are at a higher risk for respiratory infections, such as the pneumonia that characterizes the end stage of a fatal case of coronavirus. This pneumonia is accredited to a flooding of the lungs with mucus, the result of a dreaded cytokine rush that has the body drowning itself in its own fluids.
Smoking also destroys the Vitamin C that is needed to optimize your immune system and smokers may need to take as much as 10,000 IUs of Vitamin C a day to make up for the damage they are doing to their lungs.
Older Males Who Smoke Are Most Likely to Contract Pneumonia
Research conducted by researchers from Yale and Beijing and posted February 21st 2020 analyzed data from the first 8000 individuals to die of pneumonia after contracting COVID-19. The study found that male smokers were most likely to die from pneumonia, likely because they smoked more cigarettes than the women in the study group.
According to The World Health Organization, China has the highest number of male smokers in the world putting them also at the highest risk for COPD, interstitial lung disease and viruses that affect the lungs such as the novel coronavirus. The Yale and Beijing study also showed that men tend to suffer more serious complications: 61.5 per cent of those diagnosed with the most severe pneumonia were men. And the case fatality rate for men was more than three times higher than for women – 4.45 per cent of men died, compared to 1.25 per cent of female patients.
In an article in The Telegraph, Dr. Sanjay Arawak, chair of the Royal College of Physicians’ Tobacco Advisory Group, said research showed that smokers were twice as likely to get pneumonia as non smokers whether it be due to contracting the coronavirus or not.
Robert Schwartz from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto agrees, stating in a Global News story that “It’s very well-known and scientifically-proven in many studies that tobacco smoking oppresses the immune system, and that smokers of tobacco are much more prone to be infected.” J. Taylor Hays, M.D. Director of the Nicotine Dependence center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine also warns of the same thing in a Forbes article,saying that now would be “a particularly good time for smokers to cut down on the habit.
Protect Yourself From Disease by Quitting Smoking
You can help your immune system after quitting smoking by–
- Eating fresh, organic food that has had limited or no exposure to pesticides
- Exercising frequently to keep the oxygen pumping through your bloodstream
- Get a blast of Vitamin D from the sun by spending 15 minutes outdoors sunbathing every day (just avoid doing this between 11 am and 2 pm when the sun’s damaging U.V. rays are at their strongest to avoid skin cancer)
- Take up to 5000 IU of Vitamin C a day to optimize your immune system and twice that much if you are a smoker.
Do you need help quitting smoking? Are you concerned about the effect smoking may have on your immune system? Do you have questions regarding your personal vulnerability when it comes to contracting the coronavirus because of your smoking habit? If you have questions regarding any aspect of your health and how the Covid-19 pandemic might be impacting you might want to consult with Dr. Rahman or one of the other natural health experts at the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre Feel free to contact us here at our Toronto Office at (416)-656- 8100. We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services. We also offer a full roster of health services including acupuncture for stress, natural cleanses, anti-aging therapies, Toronto weight loss, iv vitamin drip therapy, hypnotherapy, homeopathy, infrared blood analysis and more.