COVID-19 / Coronavirus and Smoking or Vaping
What Smokers and Vapers Need to Know about COVID-19
The science around tobacco use and COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. Based on the latest available evidence, here’s what you need to know:
- Smoking increases your risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19. If you smoke, you should absolutely quit.
- The data about vaping and COVID-19 are less clear. Here’s what is known:
- Vaping negatively impacts lung and heart health.
- Vaping weakens the immune system.
- E-cigarette aerosol harms lung cells, causes inflammation, and decreases the ability of the lungs to respond to infection.
- If you’ve used e-cigarettes to quit smoking, you should not go back to smoking.
The bottom line: COVID-19 is an infectious disease that primarily attacks the lungs. Not inhaling chemicals of any kind is the best way to protect lung health. There are resources here on BecomeAnEX that can help you quit. Register today!
Click here to watch Dr. Taylor Hays from Mayo Clinic talk about smoking and COVID-19.
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General Info About COVID-19
Click here to learn more about the other medical conditions that are risk factors for COVID-19. This page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is routinely updated based on new evidence.