Time to Quit Smoking

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There’s never been a better time to quit smoking and vaping.

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, 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 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.

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