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)
- WHO statement: Tobacco use and COVID-19
- The Scary Relationship Between Vaping and Coronavirus – April 13th – HuffPost
- Q&A ON SMOKING AND COVID-19
- COVID, YOUTH, AND SUBSTANCE USE: CRITICAL MESSAGES FOR YOUTH AND FAMILIES
- Alberta’s top doc says cutting down or quitting smoking could be beneficial against COVID-19 – CTV NEWS
- Do you smoke or vape? Here’s why Covid-19 means you should quit right now – The Irish Times
- Why Covid-19 might make you rethink your smoking habits – CNN
- Smokers and Vapers May Be at Greater Risk for Covid-19 – The New York Times
- COVID-19 seems to be hitting smokers more severely, scientists warn – April 6 – CTV News
- CDC says diabetes, lung disease, heart disease and smoking may increase risk of severe coronavirus illness – March 31 – CNBC
- Young people have no ‘bulletproof’ protection from COVID-19 — particularly smokers and vapers – March 30 – CBCNews
- Vaping and e-cigarettes: Adding fuel to the coronavirus fire? – March 26 – ABC News
- COVID-19 and smoking: A systematic review of the evidence
- COVID-19: THE ROLE OF SMOKING CESSATION DURING RESPIRATORY VIRUS EPIDEMICS – March 20, 2020
- Les jeunes fumeurs sont aussi à risque d’attraper la COVID-19 -30 mars 2020 – Radio Canada – (Only available in French)
- Pour réduire les risques de conséquences graves de la COVID-19 : Des experts médicaux demandent l’abolition des barrières économiques qui bloquent l’accès aux aides thérapeutiques à la cessation – (Only available in French)
- COVID-19: attention au vapotage et au tabagisme – 25 mars 2020 – La Presse canadienne – (Only available in French)
- Les fumeurs et vapoteurs plus à risque face à la COVID-19 – 24 mars 2020 – TVA Nouvelles – (Only available in French)
Smoking, Vaping and COVID-19
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.
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.
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.
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.
COVID, youth, and substance use: Critical messages for youth and families GalleryHot Topic - Smoking, Vaping and COVID-19, Hot Topic - Vaping - Public Education Resources, News, Prevention - Youth - Youth and Young Adult Tobacco and Vaping Product Use Education and Prevention -Resources For Educators and Parents
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.
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.
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.
The World Health Organization discusses the need for tobacco control measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This article is only available in English.
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.
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. Gallery
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.Hot Topic - Smoking, Vaping and COVID-19, News, Quit - Adults - Resources for Individuals - Canada and International, Quit - Adults - Resources for Individuals - NB, Quit Smoking - Youth - Tools, Tips and Support for Youth and Young Adults
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.
World No Tobacco Day: Global Campaign GalleryHot Topic - Smoking, Vaping and COVID-19, News, Prevention - Children - Reports and Statistics – Tobacco and Vaping Products Use and Exposure to Second-Hand Smoke, Prevention - Children - Tobacco and Vaping Product Use Prevention and Education – For Children
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.
Did you know that individuals who experience food insecurity are two times more food insecure if they smoke daily? The NBATC wants to bring your attention to programs that support greater food security in New Brunswick.
The Community Food Action Program or CFA grant program can provide up to $5,000 to support community-led solutions to help improve healthy eating in New Brunswick by creating greater food security at the community level. Typical actions that are funded through this program include community gardens, community kitchens, bulk buying clubs, farmer’s markets, and food related education programs.
To be considered for funding your initiative must contribute to the three goals of the Community Food Action Program:
- Increase access to healthy food
- Increase food knowledge and skills
- Strengthen your community’s ability to create greater food security for all
Important to note: Proposed projects and initiatives must be able to follow public health requirements during COVID-19.
Below is a Statement from Dr. Theresa Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on COVID-19 and smoking. The Statement was issued on May 31, 2020, World No Tobacco Day. The statement says in part:
“While we continue to learn more about the virus everyday, preliminary scientific evidence suggests a history of smoking may substantially increase the chance of adverse health outcomes for COVID-19 patients. Having an underlying health condition, such as one caused by smoking, also puts you at risk for more serious illness and even death.”
Canadians who report lower self-perceived mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic more likely to report increased use of cannabis, alcohol and tobacco Gallery
Canadians who report lower self-perceived mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic more likely to report increased use of cannabis, alcohol and tobaccoHot Topic - Cannabis - Reports and Stats, Hot Topic - Smoking, Vaping and COVID-19, News, Prevention - Mental Health - Mental Health, Addictions and Tobacco Use
Canadians who report lower self-perceived mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic more likely to report increased use of cannabis, alcohol and tobacco
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed Canadians’ lives in previously unimaginable ways in a very short period of time. Given the disruption and stress it may come as no surprise that the consumption of cannabis, alcohol and tobacco has increased for some. In particular, Canadians who rated their mental health as fair or poor were more likely to report increased use of these substances.
As pandemic forces change, it’s a good time for Canadians to quit smoking GalleryHot Topic - Smoking, Vaping and COVID-19, News, Prevention - Adult - Dangers of Tobacco & Vaping Products, Quit - Adults - Resources for Individuals - NB
There’s no shortage of debate on who gets very sick from the virus, and who doesn’t. It is clear that we must do a better job of protecting vulnerable groups: the elderly, the immunocompromised, the poor and the racialized. Yet, data shows that regardless of age or socioeconomic status, those who smoke cigarettes are at higher risk of becoming critically ill when compared to non-smokers. In fact, according to a recent study, smokers are 1.45 times more likely to develop serious complications from COVID-19.
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Every year, 1.9 million people die from tobacco-induced heart disease, according to a new brief released today by the World Health Organization, World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastle Australia ahead of World Heart Day, marked on 29 September.
This was released in advance of World Heart Day, on Sept. 29.
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The pandemic has encouraged us to pick up some pretty bad habits: bingeing (of television, food, and alcohol varieties), ghosting, doomscrolling, impulse shopping — but one that seems particularly counterintuitive is smoking. The choice to smoke feels strange right now for so many reasons: It’s an unnecessary expense in a time that has made our wallets tight, nicotine withdrawals can make users jittery, and it puts our lung health at risk.