COVID-19: Smoking & Vaping May Increase Risk
April 2, 2020
There has never been a better time for smokers to quit and for individuals to protect their health by avoiding use of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.
What we know: There is conclusive evidence that smoking weakens the immune system, increases the risk of infectious diseases and respiratory infections, and is a major cause of chronic health conditions and cancer.
What we’re learning: There is growing evidence that e-cigarette use (vaping) can also harm lung health.
The risk: Because it attacks the lungs, COVID-19 could be an especially serious threat to those who smoke commercial tobacco or who vape.
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COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions—such as chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma or those who have weakened immune systems (such as smokers)—could be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the CDC’s People at Higher Risk for Illness page is the go-to resource for more information on at-risk populations.
Resources to quit smoking or vaping
As we confront the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever for smokers to quit and for youth and young adults to stop using all tobacco products—including e-cigarettes—to protect their health.
This is especially true given new Centers for Disease Control (CDC data reports that 38% of hospitalized coronavirus patients in the U.S. were younger adults (20-54 years old)—showing that the virus is severely impacting younger people more than previously thought.
The SD QuitLine is still running at full capacity during COVID-19. They are able to service all South Dakotans 13+ who want help quitting cigarettes, chew, or vape.
- Enroll in the Phone Coaching Program and begin scheduling calls with a quit coach who is ready to support and guide you through your quit journey.
- Or, order a Kickstart Kit or Quit Guide that ships right to your door.
Need help figuring out which option is best for you? Call the QuitLine at 1-866-SD-QUITS.
SmokefreeTXT is a mobile text messaging service that is also an option for those practicing self-isolation or self-quarantine during COVID-19. The program provides 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help smokers quit smoking and stay quit.
- Enroll online: smokefree.gov
- Enroll by phone: text the word QUIT to 47848 from your mobile phone, answer a few questions, and you’ll start receiving messages
This is Quitting
This is Quitting gives youth and young adults the motivation and support they need to ditch JUUL and other e-cigarettes.
- Enroll online: truthinitiative.org
- Enroll by phone: text DITCHJUUL to 88709. You’ll receive one message per day. You can also text COPE, STRESS, SLIP or MORE to receive instant support.