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COVID-19Another way to protect yourself –
quit smoking and vaping

Whether you're a current or former cigarette smoker, your risk of severe illness from COVID-19 increases.

Public Health Agencies like the FDA and CDC agree: quitting smoking and/or vaping offers added protection from COVID-19.

Why?

COVID-19 is an illness that impacts the respiratory system (nose, throat, lungs). Symptoms include shortness of breath, fever, and cough.

Smoking damages your lungs, which can increase the risk of infection and severity of respiratory illnesses. Smoking may also lead to a weakened immune system, which may make it easier to become sick or complicate and extend recovery time.


There is also serious concern for those who vape because the lungs may be exposed to damaging aerosols and toxic chemicals.

What can I do?

Try to quit smoking or vaping. When you quit, you can help your lungs be as healthy as possible to fight the COVID-19 virus.
Follow CDC guidelines to prevent COVID-19:
Clean your hands often
Avoid close contact
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
Cover coughs and sneezes
Clean and disinfect

Help is available.

Quitting is hard. If you are stressed or anxious, you’re not alone. Trained Quit Coaches will work with you to find ways to manage stress or anxiety without smoking or vaping. You CAN do this.

For help to quit smoking or vaping, call 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487).

Resources

CDC

Information surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is changing frequently. For the latest information, including symptoms, testing, prevention, and coping please visit the CDC's website

NYS Department of Health

For additional resources, information, and the latest state-specific updates, visit the
NYS DOH website
Last updated 10/28/2020 1:51 PM
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