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Smoking increases risk of severe form of COVID-19 for youngsters

Almost a third of youngsters in the US appear to be threatened by a severe form of Covid-19, with the biggest risk factor being smoking, Reuters reported, quoted by BTA.
Specialists analysed the data of more than 8,000 participants aged 18 to 25 in a national health poll from 2016 to 2018. They also accounted for “medical vulnerability” indicators identified by the National Center for Disease Control as predisposing to severe Covid-19 form. These include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, immunity problems, smoking, respiratory disease, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS.

A total of 32 percent of young people turned out to be medically predisposed to severe Covid-19. Among non-smokers, however, they were only 16 percent.

"Efforts to reduce smoking and e-cigarette use among young people would also reduce their medical vulnerability to several diseases” - the scientists wrote in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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