Smoking & Vaping During COVID-19: What You Need to Know
What’s the Connection Between COVID-19 and Tobacco Use?
- COVID-19 is an infection that aggressively attacks the lungs.
- Smoking and vaping harms the lungs, leaving it susceptible to COVID-19.
Here’s How: Smoking and vaping can damage cells that line the airway. These cells contain “cilia,” our essential defenders against viruses like COVID-19. Without them working properly, the lungs are more vulnerable.
According to the CDC, smokers are at a higher risk for severe illness if they get COVID-19.
Smoking and vaping can:
- Make it harder for your lungs to fight COVID-19.
- Harm your immune system.
- Make you more vulnerable to severe symptoms if you do get COVID-19.
In addition to taking steps to avoid getting COVID-19, it’s important to do all you can to keep your lungs healthy to avoid the worst effects of the disease.
Check This Out:
Quitting smoking & vaping can help your body fight off COVID-19 and reduce the chance of the most severe symptoms.
What can you do right now? According to the American Lung Association, quitting smoking and vaping is an important step to immediately improving your health and possibly avoiding the most serious symptoms of COVID-19.
Quit Now! We're Here to Help.
We know it’s hard to quit. Take the first steps.
Protect Youtself Against COVID-19
Learn more about COVID-19.
Additional Resource Links