Nov 19, 2020 2:00 PM

We know COVID-19 is an infectious disease that primarily attacks the lungs. We also know that both smoking and vaping affects the health of our lungs. Here is what we currently know about how COVID-19 affects people who smoke or vape.

Are people who smoke or vape more likely to get COVID-19?

We’re still learning whether people who smoke or vape are more likely to get COVID-19. The World Health Organization says because smoking and vaping increase hand-to-mouth interaction, this increases the chance of transmitting coronavirus from the hands to the mouth.

Do people who smoke get more severe COVID-19?

The CDC says that among people who contracted COVID-19, current and former smokers are more likely to have worse disease outcomes and are more likely to be hospitalized than non-smokers.

What are other reasons to quit using tobacco?

Quitting tobacco has many benefits:

  • You can live a longer and healthier life.
  • You have a better quality of life.
  • You lower the chance of getting cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes.
  • If you have cancer, your body responds better to cancer treatment if you don’t use tobacco. You have fewer side effects from cancer treatments and you recover from treatments more quickly.

How can I quit smoking?

Quitting smoking or vaping can be very hard. This is why Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) has a free Tobacco Cessation Program for HCI patients. The program includes free counseling and free medicines such as nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and Chantix to help you cut down or stop using tobacco.

How do I make an appointment for the Tobacco Cessation Program?

Please call us at 801-585-0097 or talk to your HCI care team to schedule an appointment. We would love to help you cut down or quit tobacco.

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