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 that causes COVID-19 and are more likely to experience a more severe case.
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.