COVID-19 is causing untold challenges to health care and wider social structures. Among the vulnerable populations are persons who smoke or vape, use opioids, or have a substance use disorder (SUD). Because of direct challenges to respiratory health, those with SUD may be especially susceptible to infection by the virus that causes COVID-19 and associated complications.
If you’re washing your hands thoroughly, staying home and maintaining social distancing, you may be wondering if there is anything else you can do to protect yourself from COVID-19. According to American Lung Association’s Chief Medical Officer Albert Rizzo, M.D., an important step to immediately improve your health and possibly avoid the most serious symptoms of this scary disease is to consider quitting smoking and vaping.
Smoking and vaping have harmful effects on the body, including making it harder for the body to fight infections. This includes serious infections like COVID-19.
This press release lays out how the COVID-19 attacks the lungs and behaviors that weaken the lungs, such a smoking and vaping, put individuals at greater risk.