Avoid smoking in public to curb COVID-19 spread in UAE, doctors advise

Published on February 24 2021

With the number of COVID-19 cases on the rise, doctors have once again advised residents to avoid smoking — both at outdoor and indoor public spaces — in order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

While cigarette smoke hasn’t conclusively been proven to transmit the virus, experts warn that the need to lower the face mask when smoking could allow smokers who may be unknowingly infected to spread the virus. In addition, vapers who are smoking could be up to 20 per cent more likely to transmit the virus by spreading it in clouds of smoke, according to researchers in Italy, Mexico and New Zealand. Shisha or water pipe smokers, on the other hand, also face heightened risk of contracting COVID-19, especially when smoking in shisha parlours.


“Ideally, it is advisable not to smoke at all. However, if you are habitual smoker, it is time that you try out [different] ways to quit the habit, especially since it has been found that smokers infected by COVID-19 have more severe forms of the illness. Those who still wish to smoke despite all this should only smoke in designated areas, or in private places where others are not affected,” advised Dr. Ponnusamy Tamilvedan, internal medicine specialist at Medeor Hospital, Dubai.

Source : Gulf News