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Health experts have cautioned that smokers are at a higher risk of severe Covid-19 complications compared to non-smokers.

Cigarette companies have also been urged to stop producing and selling tobacco products to help reduce the risks of the virus. About 2.2 million Kenyans still use tobacco products. Globally, 1.12 billion people are smokers. “When managing Covid-19 involving an addict, withdrawal symptoms worsen the situation. One suffers from the disease and the withdrawal symptoms. This becomes a double tragedy,” the Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance Chairman Joel Gitali told the Star on Tuesday.