ROCHESTER, Minn. - A warning for smokers: Mayo Clinic says the habit could cause more health complications if you were to get COVID-19.
Dr. Taylor Hays, Director of the Nicotine Dependence Center at Mayo Clinic, knows how addictive smoking can be.
He said early data from China shows smoking causes a reduction of lung defenses and that could mean challenges in treatment and recovery.
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In order to best protect yourself and your family, it's a good time to kick the habit.
"Smokers who are staying at home exposing their family to secondhand smoke may also be increasing their risk for COVID infection and complications," Dr. Hays said. "Because we know secondhand smoke causes lung irritation and inflammation. So for you and for your family, it's best to try to quit."
Dr. Hays says if you're trying to quit, it's best to make a plan, use medication to reduce withdrawals, and get support online or through your phone.
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