A question about mortality related to COVID-19 and smoking?
As a frequent hospital patient in the last four years about the first question I am always asked is whether I smoke or drink. I note that according to WHO data nearly half of Chinese men are tobacco smokers but very few Chinese women . I notice also that it is projected that smoking will have declined by a few percent in the country by 2025, presumably based on the mortality of older people. It seems almost impossible therefore that there will not be a strong statistical association between death related to COVID-19 and smoking - the question is how significant is it?
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