Smoking and vaping may increase the severity of COVID-19
People who smoke or vape may be more likely to develop serious health complications from COVID-19.
Smoking weakens the immune system, increases risk for respiratory infections, and is a major cause of a number of chronic health conditions. Similarly, there is mounting evidence that vaping products are harmful to health.
According to the World Health Organization, tobacco and waterpipe (hookah) use increases the risk of suffering from COVID-19 and may contribute to the spread of disease.
The use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices do not appear to be a safer alternative during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The CDC lists smoking as a risk factor for severe illness from COVID-19.
Download an infographic showing the risks of smoking/vaping and COVID-19.
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