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No smoking, no alcohol for least six months if vaccinated: NATA head

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Hundred percent assurance cannot be given on getting infected with COVID-19 virus for people who continue to smoke and consume alcohol, even if they were vaccinated, National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) Chairman Dr. Samadhi Rajapaksa said.

He told the Daily Mirror that same scenario had proven from several tests done by the vaccine inventors.

Specialists in many countries have made similar comments relating to COVID-19 vaccine, he said.

Dr. Rajapaksa requested people to avoid smoking and consume alcohol at least for six months, if vaccinated.

"The vaccine will take two or three days or even a week to boost the immunity level depending on the physical condition of the person," he said.

"There are approximately 600 toxic ingredients in cigarettes. When burnt, they produce more than 7,000 chemicals. At least 69 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, and many are toxic, 50 to 60 chemicals are first-class carcinogens and the rest are poisonous to the human body," he said.

The COVID-19 virus attacks the Respiratory system and smoking entirely reduces the immune response of the person and  releases to attack the COVID-19 virus, the Doctor said.

He said the COVID-19 vaccine helps to stable the immunity level of a person and similar harm will be caused to the persons who consumes alcohol.

"Alcohol directly affects the liver and that also helps to reduce the immune system," he said.

Due to smoking and consuming alcohol, various chemical changes and reactions take place in the body which eventually leads the vaccine does not respond, he said.

Therefore, it is advisable to avoid active and passive smoking and consume alcohol after vaccination at least for six months, Dr. Rajapaksa added. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • Sokrates Friday, 05 February 2021 12:26 PM

    ....and further more, not forget to drink the syrup.

    Shan Friday, 05 February 2021 01:01 PM

    Maybe this is the first sensible advise people are given. But people here prefer to listen to ridiculous advise like cremating Covid 19 victims. Otherwise they can not celebrate their 'superior' religion and race

    Michael Ranasinghe Friday, 05 February 2021 01:08 PM

    Both Alcohol and smoking are huge in SL and controlling those who get vaccinated from consuming will be a bigger challenge than getting the vaccine

    Borat Friday, 05 February 2021 02:25 PM

    Better smokers and drinkers who can’t control themselves suffer if they don’t reform even now

    Bernard Friday, 05 February 2021 03:13 PM

    Drunkards and smokers will never forego their habits whether they are vaccinated or not.

    AIA Friday, 05 February 2021 03:46 PM

    It’s better be dead of Covid then !!

    brainmaster Friday, 05 February 2021 03:52 PM

    so, 3/4 of the parliament shouldn't be vaccinated because of alcohol

    Nimal Gunaratne Saturday, 06 February 2021 11:18 AM

    Starts self cheating

    Jerome wijeratne Saturday, 06 February 2021 12:13 PM

    Never heard something like this from WHO or any western country where millions are getting the vaccine.


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