Smokers and vapers may be at greater risk for severe illness when confronted with COVID-19.
- COVID-19 attacks the lungs and behaviours that weaken the lungs put individuals at greater risk. The harmful impact of smoking on the lungs is well-documented, and there is evidence that e-cigarette use (vaping) can also harm lung health.
- It is not surprising that there is mounting concern among leading public health organizations and experts that smokers face a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. As vaping impacts the immune system and can harm lung health, e-cigarette users may also face higher risks. We urge all smokers and e-cigarette users to quit in order to protect their health, especially at this critical time.
- In several countries, false information has been spread that smoking or vaping will protect tobacco users from COVID-19. This information is false and dangerous.