Even though the United States is seriously affected by the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the question arises of banning tobacco and e-cigarettes in New York City. When the governor Andrew Cuomo announced the state of emergency ("PAUSE Executive Order") on March 22, New York State ranked as the hardest hit by COVID-19, with more than 20 people testing positive by the SARS-CoV-2. (Covid-19). On the same day, New York State Academy of Family Physicians took a position calling for an immediate ban on the sale of tobacco and e-cigarettes in order to fight the virus.
The current pandemic seems like a good excuse to force some incomprehensible decisions. Indeed, in the United States, AFP (New York State Academy of Family Physicians) of New York State recently positioned itself for an immediate ban on the sale of tobacco and e-cigarettes in order to fight Covid-19 (Coronavirus).
» As our state and country struggle to respond to the rapidly evolving and escalating COVID-19 pandemic, affecting our residents and straining our health care system, growing evidence shows the link between tobacco use and increased risk of COVID-19 progression " , said Barbara keber , MD, President of NYSAFP.
» Now more than ever, it is essential that the state and the medical community take action to prevent our young people from using these highly addictive and deadly products and to help our patients reduce their risk during this pandemic. She added.
The NYSAFP statement said a study published February 28 in the Chinese Medical Journal which compared Chinese patients with COVID-19 who were not smokers to those who had a history of smoking.
« Given that smoking has been a demonstrated risk factor for the progression of COVID-19 disease, leading to increased use of medical services, especially ventilators, we hope that by reducing the number of smokers we can further reduce stress / demand on the already limited supply of medical resources, especially ventilators " , said Jason matuszak, MD, president-elect of NYSAFP.