How does Vaping or Smoking put someone at greater risk for contracting COVID-19?
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This week, ASAP has received several emails regarding COVID-19 and how it relates to our efforts to reduce smoking and/or vaping in our community.
“Evidence suggests that, since smoking is harmful to the lungs, smokers who are exposed to the virus are likely to have more severe problems than nonsmokers,” says Molly Moilanen of ClearWay Minnesota. “It is more important than ever for commercial tobacco users to have access to quitting resources, so they may possibly reduce their risk of serious complications if exposed to the virus.”
The same can be said of E-Cigarette/Vape users. “Studies show adverse short-term health effects of using e-cigarettes on cardiovascular and lung health,” Moilanen reminded communities. It is known that people are at greater risk for contracting and experiencing life-threatening symptoms of COVID-19 if they suffer from lung and cardiovascular issues (such as asthma, COPD, or heart disease). By “vaping,” you are adding unneccessary stress to your organs that need to be in prime condition during this time in our country.
If you are struggling to make the change and quit tobacco, there are people to help! Free smoking/vaping cessation services are available from the following organizations: