Smoking & COVID-19 Risks
What is Tobacco?
Smoking, vaping, or being exposed to secondhand smoke from commercial tobacco and cannabis damages the respiratory system. Since COVID-19 attacks the lungs, smoking and vaping can worsen or heighten a person’s risk of complications from the virus. With the California Stay at Home order potentially increasing peoples’ contact with secondhand smoke as people smoke and vape to cope with the pandemic, now more than ever is a good time to reduce use of commercial tobacco products and cannabis.
Current Tobacco Use, Adult (Age 18-64), Race/Ethnicity: American Indian or Alaska Native
Percent of High School Past 30-Day Tobacco Users Who Used Flavored Tobacco Products
Percent of High School Past 30-Day Vape Users Who Usually Buy Vapes at a Store
Visit Tobacco Free CA to learn more about the reasons why you should stop smoking and vaping now.
CTCP Benefits of Quitting
The University of California San Francisco’s Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education has studied the research pertaining to COVID-19 and commercial tobacco and cannabis use. Visit their website to see an overview of the findings and links to the research.