LETTER: Ban is irrational
Barring the sale of cigarettes during the lockdown does not make sense
I want to delve below the simple statement that smoking increases infection risk — the apparent grounds on which the sale of cigarettes is banned during lockdown.
It is common knowledge that smoking does harm the lungs, and maybe other components involved in breathing. I assume it is this damage that renders smokers more susceptible to infection. However, banning the sale of cigarettes for a few weeks can only deprive smokers of the act of smoking, it does not repair long-term damage to the respiratory system, so presumably will not change smokers’ susceptibility to infection...
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