SIMFEROPOL, November 13 - RIA Novosti Crimea, Varvara Kovaleva. Smoking disrupts the protective functions of the trachea, thereby making a person more susceptible to viral and bacterial infections, including COVID-19. The main freelance specialist-pulmonologist of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan, head of the pulmonology department of the Simferopol city hospital 7 Marina Zakharova told RIA Novosti Krym correspondent about this.
"Smoking causes a gross violation of mucociliary clearance, which is responsible for the protective functions of the mucous membrane of the tracheobronchial tree. A person becomes more susceptible to viral infections, to bacterial infections. The so-called tobacco heating systems are especially dangerous. In some countries they are generally prohibited because they affect lung damage. Decreased protective functions ", - said the specialist.
Smoking in general has a negative effect on the entire body, she said.
"It causes vasospasm. Everyone understands the consequences of a bad habit, but not many can refuse it," the doctor stated.
Earlier, the chief freelance psychiatrist-narcologist of the Moscow Department of Health and the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Yevgeny Brun, said that the coronavirus could return long-forgotten bad habits to Russians.