No Tobacco Day or Anti-Tobacco Day is marked on May 31. The day as the name suggests is meant to raise awareness about the adverse effects of smoking. The day created by World Health Organisation (WHO) in 1987, aims to sensitise people about the hazardous diseases that can be caused due to smoking. WHO has launched a year-long campaign with regard to this theme to empower as many as 100 million tobacco users to make an attempt to quit smoking. This campaign is being made by building networks of support and increasing access to services which are surely going to help tobacco users quit successfully. The nicotine which is present in tobacco is highly addictive in nature and creates a sort of dependency. As a result, a person is likely to crave for tobacco in extreme moods. This more than often makes it difficult for the person to quit. However, with good support system and tried and tested methods one can gradually get over the hazardous habit.                                                                                     Smokers are more likely to suffer from heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic lung disease and diabetes, it is essential to note that all of these are important comorbidities for developing severe illness and adversely affecting the clinical outcome in Covid affected patients. Dr Tilak Suvarna revealed, “Tobacco smoke contains toxic chemicals which cause damages to the linings of the airways and the lungs. The chemicals in tobacco smoke suppress the activity of different types of immune cells leading to weakening of immunity and thus impairing one’s ability to fight the Covid infection.

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