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FG warns Smokers of Covid -19 risk, Group Laments 16, 000 deaths

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The Federal Government on Monday, May 31, 2021, said there was proof that tobacco users and those with underlying non-communicable diseases were at higher risks of severe COVID-19 outcomes.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, stated this in Abuja on Monday at a programme organised to mark the World No Tobacco Day with the theme, ‘Commit to Quit.’

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Ehanire said with the evidence available on the contribution of tobacco to the severity of COVID-19, assisting smokers to quit would improve the way the pandemic was handled.

He said the Federal Government was planning to expand the frontiers in the war against tobacco usage in the country.

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