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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Health specialists yesterday urged smokers to leave their cigarettes behind, and tobacco companies to stop producing and selling their products, in order to help reduce the risks posed by the novel coronavirus, according to Reuters.

"The best thing the tobacco industry can do to fight Covid-19 is to immediately stop producing, marketing and selling tobacco," said Gan Quan, a public health specialist and director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, in a statement.

The group, which includes international respiratory and lung experts and health agencies, said it is "deeply concerned" about the . . .

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