COVID-19 Pandemic Information
There is a lot of scary news around COVID-19. COVID-19 can create extra stress and anxiety. You may be worried that if you smoke or vape, you may be more likely to contract COVID-19, or that if you contract the coronavirus, you may have a more serious case. At My Life My Quit, we are here to help.
Let’s look at the facts around what we know about COVID-19 and smoking or vaping:
- Early data from the COVID-19 pandemic show that people who smoke may have more severe illness compared to people who quit or never smoked.
- People who have underlying medical conditions such as heart and lung diseases, diabetes or have weakened immune systems are at the highest risk for severe illness from the new coronavirus.
Vaping and smoking have both been shown to lower the immune system response and damage the lungs leaving you more likely to get bacterial and viral infections. Smoking causes heart and lung disease, as well as diabetes.
Taking a hit on someone’s vape or cigarette can expose you to the coronavirus if they are infected, even if they are not showing symptoms like fever, coughing, or shortness of breath.
People who vape or smoke bring their hand to their mouth many times every day and may touch their face without noticing. Touching your face with your hands is one of the ways people become exposed to the coronavirus.
Quitting is hard, especially during times of stress. If you’re concerned about smoking or vaping and want to make a change, we can help.