Smoking, Vaping and COVID-192020-05-20T15:59:03+00:00

Resources Library – Hot Topic – Smoking, Vaping and COVID-19

COVID-19 or corona virus disease 2019, is a virus of international concern and a public health emergency. Since the COVID-19 virus has now spread around the world, as of March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization has declared it a pandemic. Declaring a pandemic helps nations to mobilize resources through a coordination of efforts and take the necessary measures to ensure public safety. This page will provide resources that will focus on the connection between smoking, vaping and COVID-19.

Media Coverage – Since March 2020

(in order – from most recent to less recent)

Smoking, Vaping and COVID-19

Does vaping make you more susceptible to coronavirus?

Anything that’s going to compromise your lungs is going to increase your risk of being susceptible. We know that smoking decreases your ability to really fight infection.

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Covid-19: The role of smoking cessation during respiratory virus epidemics

In addition to the health benefits of stopping smoking, it is plausible that a spike in quit rates could help reduce community transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

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COVID-19 and Smoking: A Systematic Review of the Evidence

A systematic review of studies on COVID-19 that included information on patients’ smoking status to evaluate the association between smoking and COVID-19 outcomes including the severity of the disease, the need for mechanical ventilation, the need for intensive care unit (ICU) hospitalization and death.

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WHO Announces Smoking Can Increase Your Chances of Getting Covid-19

Using tobacco products can increase your chance of getting COVID-19. Bringing your hands to your mouth can transfer the virus into your body. Sharing tobacco products can transmit the virus between people. Tobacco weakens your respiratory system making you more vulnerable to the  coronavirus.

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COVID, youth, and substance use: Critical messages for youth and families

The Canadian Pediatric Society has published a new article that encourages pediatricians and other health professionals who work with youth and families to communicate the message that smoking and vaping may increase their risk of acquiring the COVID-19 infection.

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Q&A on Smoking and COVID-19

Are smokers and tobacco users at higher risk of COVID-19 infection? The World Health Organization provides a Q &A section on their website which addresses queries on the connection between smokers  and their susceptibility to COVID-19.

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Smokers and Vapers May Be at Greater Risk for Covid-19

Tobacco and marijuana products damage lungs, where the virus does its harm. Health officials are urging people to quit, and temporary sales bans in the United States are even being discussed.

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Tobacco control during the COVID-19 pandemic: how we can help

The World Health Organization discusses the need for tobacco control measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This article is only available in English.

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WHO statement: Tobacco use and COVID-19

Tobacco smoking is a known risk factor for many respiratory infections and increases the severity of respiratory diseases. A review of studies by public health experts convened by WHO on 29 April 2020 found that smokers are more likely to develop severe disease with COVID-19, compared to non-smokers.

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This World No Tobacco Day, Health Canada’s young adult tobacco cessation campaign, Break It Off, is challenging Canadians to pick a date to quit smoking.

Break It Off is a campaign that helps young adults quit smoking and stay smoke-free.

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World No Tobacco Day: Global Campaign

Tobacco and related industry tactics to attract younger generations


The global campaign will debunk myths and expose devious tactics employed by these industries. It will provide young people with the knowledge required to easily detect industry manipulation and equip them with the tools to rebuff such tactics, thereby empowering young people to stand up against them. This is especially important right now as studies show that smokers have a higher risk for a severe case of coronavirus. WHO calls on all young people to join the fight to become a tobacco-free generation.

The campaign provides a variety of media materials including a toolkit for educators, infographic and a video.

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