Vaping, Smoking and COVID-19

The Marin County Tobacco Related Disease Control team would like the public to know that there is one more important way for Marinites and their loved ones to combat the impact of COVID-19: quitting smoking and vaping any substance.

National and state health experts proved long ago that smoking and/or vaping tobacco and marijuana can seriously compromise and weaken our immune systems. Smoking doubles our risk of developing respiratory infections and also doubles the risk of getting sicker from COVID-19. Recent reports show that people with COVID-19 who smoke are 2.4 times more likely to get really sick (i.e. being admitted to an intensive care unit, needing mechanical ventilation, and dying), than those who did not smoke.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) attacks the lungs; weaker lungs from smoking/vaping/secondhand smoke put individuals at greater risk of COVID-19 complications. Evidence shows that smoking increases the risk for respiratory infections, weakens the immune system and is a major cause of a number of chronic health conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease and diabetes. 

For more information about these studies and to get help to quit smoking or vaping, visit: https://www.smokefreemarin.com/ and https://www.marinhhs.org/tobacco-prevention-services