COVID-19 & Smoking/Vaping

As a smoker, am I more likely to be impacted by COVID-19? 

Initial reports suggest that smokers, versus non-smokers, are at a higher risk of experiencing more serious symptoms from a COVID-19 infection. Studies of smokers who contracted COVID-19 in China were found to have up to 14 times greater risk of developing serious symptoms. In the case of other respiratory illnesses, the association is more clear. It has been documented that smokers incur a 2-to-4 times increased risk of invasive pneumococcal lung disease, a disease associated with high mortality. Influenza risk is two-fold higher and more severe in smokers compared with nonsmokers.  For more information 

Smoking brings hot chemical filled vapours into the lungs which inflame lung cells, and impede the lungs defense system.

Am I more likely to be impacted by COVID-19 because I vape? 

Initial reports suggest that those who vape are at an increased risk of experiencing more serious symptoms of a COVID-19 infection, versus non-vapers. As well, because the virus is transmitted by contact with contaminated surfaces, shared vapes facilitate transmission from one person to another. Vaping brings hot chemical filled vapours into the lungs which inflame lung cells and impede the lungs defense system.

Is there an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 through using water pipes?

The risk of transmission of infectious microbial agents through smoking water pipes is high. Waterpipe smoking is usually practiced in groups. The hose is passed from person to person, and the same mouthpiece is usually used by all the participants. Most smoking sessions last 45 to 60 minutes, but may also continue for several hours. This is a very risky lifestyle choice that will Increase the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus.  For more information 

We strongly urge those who smoke, vape or use water pipes to quit, whether it is during the pandemic or after. It's never too late to quit.

These are stressful times we are living through right now so for added support and resources on quitting click here

Remember social/physical distancing does not mean social isolation. Stay connected with family, friends and the community by phone, email, text, Facebook, Facetime, Skype or Zoom. Organize a family or community check-in.

Canadian Lung Association CEO Terry Dean discussing the impact of Covid-19 on tobacco/e-cigarette users.

Where do I find up-to-date information about COVID-19? 

NATIONAL - Canadian Government   

ALBERTA - Alberta Health Services , Alberta Government

Page Last Updated: 16/04/2020