COVID-19 – Smoking and Vaping: What’s the Risk? – FNHA

Mar 31, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions:
Do people who smoke have a higher chance of developing severe complications if they become infected with COVID-19?

⦁ Yes. People who smoke, especially those who have respiratory, cardiovascular or other conditions caused by smoking, seem to be at higher risk of developing severe symptoms of COVID-19 infection, requiring ICU admission, and/or requiring mechanical ventilation.
⦁ As smoking adversely affects the immune system, it decreases the body’s natural ability to heal from infections and increases the risk of lower respiratory tract infection, including COVID-19.

Is there a link between vaping and COVID-19?

⦁ Vaping can cause lung damage as well as other respiratory health problems, and may put you at higher risk for developing severe COVID-19 symptoms.

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