Time to Quit Smoking
Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and affecting the health of smokers in general.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many are asking what they can do to help keep themselves and their loved ones as safe as possible. The advice from public health officials is clear: wash your hands frequently, wear a mask practice social distancing, and if you smoke or vape, quit now.
COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus – a term that refers to a family of viruses that produce respiratory infections. There is a wealth of evidence to show that smoking tobacco makes smokers more susceptible to respiratory infections. This is because:
- Smoking and vaping inflame lung tissues
- Smoking and vaping suppress immune system responses necessary to fight off infections
- Marijuana smoke also irritates airways and alters immune responses in ways that can increase the risk of infection
- Smokers may also already have lung disease or reduced lung capacity which would greatly increase the risk of serious illness
- Many scientists and health experts are suggesting that quitting smoking and vaping could help reduce coronavirus risks.
Make living smoke and vape-free your new normal. For free help quitting call the Nevada Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) from a Nevada area code.