If you’re a smoker and worried about COVID-19 then now would be a good time to think about quitting for good.
Research into previous coronaviruses show that smoking makes the impact of the virus worse. Smokers are more likely to develop severe disease from the COVID-19 virus, than non-smokers.
In addition, the act of smoking means hands are in contact with the mouth increasing the likelihood of transmission of the virus.
Some media are also reporting that vapers face additional risks from coronavirus however the evidence for this is far less clear. Smokers who have switched to vaping should be reassured that this is better for them than smoking regular cigarettes.
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