While everyone is at risk of contracting COVID-19, the illness is particularly dangerous for people with underlying conditions, such as heart or lung disease. People who use tobacco products (including electronic devices) may be at increased risk if they contract the virus. Additionally, researchers from UCSF found that smoking nearly doubles the rate of COVID-19 progression (read more).
There is no better time to quit than today!
Below are some resources that may help:
- Fact Sheet – COVID-19, Tobacco Use, and Lung Health
This one-page guide provides information on the risks of tobacco use and contracting COVID-19.
- Fact Sheet – Quitting with COVID-19
This one-page guide has tips for quitting tobacco, and staying quit, while remaining at home.
- Fact Sheet – COVID-19 (SPANISH)
Information and resources for Spanish-speaking individuals.
- Chronic Disease and COVID-19: What you need to know
Informative guide for people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, severe obesity, and weakened immune systems.
- CATCH my Breath distance learning course: Vaping, Lung Health, and Infectious Diseases
A free e-course for educators, parents, and youth that discusses how vaping compromises lung health and immunity. Additionally, how the common youth behavior of sharing vapes contributes to the spread of disease.
Quitting with COVID-19
As many Americans are practicing social distancing, it might be harder to quit tobacco products due to boredom, stress and isolation. Here are some tips/suggestions for quitting while staying at home:
- Call the PA Free Quitline
The PA Free Quitline is available from 7am-1am, 7 days/week at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. Since many people are working remotely or not working, and the Quitline may be busier than usual during weekday hours, consider calling on the weekend or during non peak hours. You may also visit their website here.
- Use a quit-app for extra support
Reach out to your smartphone for extra support! Here is a list of the best quit-apps of 2019.
- Keep a daily schedule
Mapping out times for work, exercise, sleep, and leisure can make it easier to stay on track.
- Get creative with your hands
Knit, paint, draw, bake, etc! Here are some creative ideas to get you started.
- Keep a journal
Writing down (or typing) your thoughts, emotions, moods, and goals can be a powerful tool.
- Listen to, or play, music
Here is a quarantine playlist from Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson to get you started!
- Stay connected via technology
We all have our favorite way to connect – some like video chat and social media, while others prefer calls or texts. Choose a number of different ways to stay connected with friends and loved ones.
- Do an act of service
Many nursing homes, hospitals and day care centers are looking for cards and pictures to brighten the day of those who can’t have visitors. (Read more)
- If you are able, donate blood
More information here.
- Take an online course
Here is a list of 1,500 free online courses from top universities.
- CDC Information on COVID-19
- COVID-19 and Smoking/Vaping
- WHO: Q&A on Smoking and COVID-19
- American Lung Assoc. on COVID-19
- Allegheny County Citizen Notifications (Allegheny Alerts)
- Free Resource Distribution Sites (Interactive map)