How to Quit Smoking and Vaping during the Pandemic

The pandemic has been stressful for people around the world. Fear about a new disease can cause anxiety among adults and children. New studies have found that people who smoke and vape may be at greater risk for Covid-19 and quitting is crucial and harder, especially right now. The silver lining: there are several helpful resources. Don’t give up on quitting, hang in there... 

We are all aware that the coronavirus targets the lungs. Medical professionals around the world are warning smokers and vapers to quit since both habits can affect lung function. Several early Covid-19 studies have shown that cigarette smokers are more susceptible to the infection and may suffer more severely.

It has also been proven that vaping can damage lung health overall. Protecting respiratory health is critical, especially given new Centers for Disease Control data showing that some young adults are experiencing severe impacts from coronavirus more than previously thought. 

Have you considered quitting? Perhaps for your loved ones or for your pets or even for your own happiness? Then this might be an excellent opportunity for you to try to do so. Pulmonologists (a physician that deals with diseases involving the respiratory tract) have said that combining two commonly used methods – the nicotine patch plus either a nicotine gum or lozenges – can boost your chances of successfully quitting.

Don’t forget to look at apps and online resources to connect you to support groups. Connecting with a sense of community will help you progress on your journey, especially during social distancing.

If you are in the U.S here are few resources available to you:
1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) A free national phone service
877-44U-QUIT (877-448-7848) Trained counselors at the National Cancer Institute
Text Quit to 47848 A government-sponsored free texting service