Tobacco FAQs

  • Being a current smoker increases your risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

  • If you continue to smoke, you have a greater risk for respiratory infections like pneumonia, colds, or flu.

  • COVID-19 impacts many of the same organs of the body as smoking. For those with heart or lung disease caused by smoking, you are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

  • Thirdhand Smoke Researchers warn that COVID-19 could be spread via particles exhaled in smoking or vaping

  • Those particles could carry the virus to surrounding surfaces and in dust where the virus can live for several days

  • Just as social distancing and hand washing help prevent the spread, eliminating secondhand smoke is critical 

  • Hand to mouth contact (the smoking action) easily increases spread

  • Smokers are among population at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness