May 19, 2024

North Korea worried that citizens could catch COVID-19 by smoking tobacco

The warning comes after state media claims that migratory birds, snow and yellow dust from China could spread the virus

In its latest sign of paranoia over COVID-19, North Korean state media recently warned that smoking tobacco could increase a person’s risk of getting the virus — a claim that is still not strongly supported by research.

Just a week after the country’s rubber-stamp parliament adopted a renewed “Tobacco-Prohibition Law,” North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Sunday that “doctors and experts around the world are pleading smokers to quit as they have a high risk of contracting the malignant virus.”

Become a member for less than $4 per week.

  • Unlimited access to all of NK News: reporting, investigations, analysis
  • The NK News Daily Update, an email newsletter to keep you in the loop
  • Searchable archive of all content, photo galleries, special columns
  • Contact NK News reporters with tips or requests for reporting
Get unlimited access to all NK News content, including original reporting, investigations, and analyses by our team of DPRK experts.
Subscribe now

All major cards accepted. No commitments – you can cancel any time.