COVID-19 and Its Impact on Tobacco Use – Is India Prepared to Unlock the link?

Radhakrishnan Jayakrishnan
2020 European Journal of Medical and Health Sciences  
Reports from around the globe has highlighted that people with existing non communicable diseases when infected with COVID 19 are highly vulnerable to severe ill effects. Considering the fact that tobacco use is associated with many of the non-communicable diseases it is important to incorporate tobacco control measures as well into the broader prevention arena of the COVID 19 control strategy. Considering the economic costs associated with the treatment of tobacco related diseases, it is
more » ... seases, it is important for a developing country like India to grab this opportunity to undertake sensitization campaigns against COVID 19 and its consequences among tobacco users. Further promotion of tobacco cessation campaigns using toll free quit line support mechanisms in regional languages, online platforms and print and visual media needs to be done keeping in mind a favorable net result in the long run.
doi:10.24018/ejmed.2020.2.6.602 fatcat:7ov5h2qv5zda3hfxgg4kps47dm