COVID-19: Smoking and Vaping

If you smoke or vape, your lungs could be more susceptible to a respiratory illness, such as COVID-19. People who smoke or vape are more likely to have pre-existing conditions, a compromised immune system and poorer lung health. As a result, they are more susceptible to contracting the virus and are more likely to experience a severe case of COVID-19.

Remember that COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that spreads through saliva or droplets that are expelled into the air.  If you smoke or vape, remember to:

  • Maintain a safe physical distance from others of at least 2 metres (6 feet).
  • Don’t share vapes or cigarettes.
  • Wash your hands often.

 

Now is a good time to quit. If you’d like to learn more about smoking or vaping, visit the Smoking, Vaping and Tobacco page.

Last Updated: 25/06/2020