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Protect yourself from COVID-19: Stop smoking and vaping now — - Asian Journal News
By Elisa Tong, MD, MS, Associate professor of internal medicine, University of California, Davis Doctors like me and many other health professionals are working to treat sick patients for the COVID-19 virus. The best ways for you to help are to stay home, was…
By Elisa Tong, MD, MS, Associate professor of internal medicine, University of California, Davis Doctors like me and many other health professionals are working to treat sick patients for the COVID-19 virus. The best ways for you to help are to stay home, wash your hands, and not smoke or vape. Here are three good reasons why you should stop smoking and vaping now:
- Smoking doubles your risk of developing respiratory infections.
- In one study, 391 healthy volunteers had 1 of 5 respiratory viruses, including a coronavirus, dropped in a liquid into their noses. The volunteers who smoked were twice as likely as those who did not smoke to develop an infection. Smoking is known to weaken the immune system and the bodys ability to fight infections.
- In a review of 5 studies published to date, smoking is most likely associated with getting sicker with COVID-19. In the largest study of 1099 people with COVID-19, people who smoke were 2.4 times more likely to get really sick (e.g. admitted to an intensive care unit, needing mechanical ventilation, dying) compared to those who did not smoke. Smoking can cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other health problems that may contribute to serious illness. Stopping smoking still helps your health if you have COPD or heart disease.
- Growing evidence suggests that the aerosol from vaping devices can harm lungs at the cellular and organ levels and worsen the bodys ability to fight respiratory infections. The recent outbreak of e-cigarette, or vaping-associated product lung injury, predominantly affecting young people, is still a major public health concern.
Asian Smokers' Quitline (ASQ) still operates during COVID-19 outbreak — - Asian Journal News
For many of us, the coronavirus means staying at home for an extended period of time. While it may be disappointing to hear that events are being cancelled, these measures are necessary to help slow down the spread of the outbreak. At the same time, being at …
Quit smoking while staying at home For many of us, the coronavirus means staying at home for an extended period of time. While it may be disappointing to hear that events are being cancelled, these measures are necessary to help slow down the spread of the outbreak. At the same time, being at home gives us a chance to make some positive changes, whether it is starting an exercise routine, eating healthier, or resting more. If you smoke or vape, one of the most important and timely changes you can make is to quit. According to the US Surgeon Generals Report, smoking weakens the immune system and makes it harder for the body to fight off disease. There are more than 7000 chemicals in a cigarette, 70 of which can cause cancer. The smoke from a cigarette or aerosol from vaping attacks the upper respiratory system, one of the same things the Coronavirus does. For someone whose respiratory system is already compromised from smoking or vaping, they may experience more serious COVID-19 symptoms should they contract the virus. Currently, there is no guaranteed treatment or vaccine for COVID-19. One important way to fight back is to build up the immune system by getting plenty of sleep, regularly exercising, managing stress and staying hydrated. Quitting smoking and vaping is another way to bolster the immune system. Using telephone counseling alone or in combination with FDA-approved quit aids increases the chance of quitting for good. During these challenging times it feels like the pause bottom has been pressed. But the Asian Smokers Quitline (ASQ) is still up and running. We are here to support smokers and vapers, their friends and family, community partners, and healthcare professionals. Please give us a call at [insert a specific quitline #]or go to our website [insert specific quitline website] to register. Quitting smoking and vaping is hard. But the key is to never ever give up . ASQ provides a free two-week supply of nicotine patches to eligible smokers along with the encouragement and strategies to support quit attempts. We also provide help to tobacco users who have quit but are struggling to stay quit. About ASQ: Asian Smokers Quit line (ASQ) is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ASQ provides FREE evidence-based stop smoking services in Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese to Asian communities throughout the U.S. Eligible smokers can receive a free two-week supply of nicotine patches. Studies have shown that smokers who enroll in ASQ services double their chances of quitting successfully. ASQ operates Monday through Friday, 7am to 9pm Pacific Time (10am Midnight Eastern Time). To enroll, call or register online today! Mandarin & Cantonese 1-800-838-8917 www.asq-chinese.orgKorean 1-800-556-5564 www.asq-korean.orgVietnamese 1-800-778-8440 www.asq-viet.org
15 Filipino tycoons among the world's billionaires - Asian Journal News
FIFTEEN Filipino tycoons landed on Forbes’ 31st annual ranking of the world’s billionaires, with former Senator and real estate tycoon Manuel Villar leading the pack.
Real estate tycoon Manuel Villar is the richest among 15 Filipino billionaires who made it onto Forbes annual ranking. FIFTEEN Filipino tycoons landed on Forbes 31st annual ranking of the worlds billionaires, with former Senator and real estate tycoon Manuel Villar leading the pack. Forbes said this years roster was made up of 2,095 billionaires across the globe, noting that it was 58 fewer than those recorded in 2019, and 226 fewer than just 12 days earlier before March 18 when the list was finalized. The richest people on Earth are not immune to the coronavirus. As the pandemic tightened its grip on Europe and America, global equity markets imploded, tanking many fortunes, the business magazine said. Villar, the richest Filipino, ranked 286th globally with a $5.6 billion (about P280 billion) fortune. Among his businesses are AllHome Corp., Golden Haven Inc., Starmalls Inc., Vista Land & Lifescapes Inc. Following him in 565th place is port terminal operator and integrated gaming tycoon Enrique Razon, Jr. with a $3.4 billion (about P170 billion) net worth. He runs the International Container Terminal Services, Inc., the biggest port yard operator in the country, and Solaire Resort & Casino operator Bloomberry Resorts Corp. Siblings Hans, Herbert, Henry Jr., Harley and Teresita Sy all made it into this years list, as well, with their net worths estimated at $2.3 billion, $2.2 billion, $2.1 billion, $2.1 billion and $2 billion respectively. Elizabeth, their sister, also placed with her $1.6 billion net worth. In the eighth and ninth place are tobacco magnate Lucio Tan and property tycoon Andrew Tan with their respective estimated fortune of $1.9 billion and $1.8 billion.Also included are businessmen Roberto Ongpin ($1.8 billion), and Jollibee founder Tony Tan Caktiong ($1.5 billion) as well as San Miguel Corp. president and Eagle Cement chair Ramon S. Ang ($1.5 billion), Robert Coyiuto Jr. ($1.4 billion), and Eduardo Cojuangco ($1.1 billion). Forbes list was topped by Jeff Bezos, the man behind e-commerce giant Amazon, with a $113-billion fortune. His ex-wife Mackenzie came in 22nd with a net worth of $36 billion. Trailing behind Bezos are Microsoft founder Bill Gates with $98 billion, Bernard Arnault of LVMH with $76 billion, and Warren Buffet with $67.5 billion. Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg landed at No. 7 with $54 billion.