Being a current or former cigarette smoker increases your risk of severe illness from COVID-19
People of any age who have underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. TheCenters for Disease Control and Preventionhas identified smoking as one of these underlying medical conditions.
Smoking increases the risk for respiratory infections, weakens the immune system and is a major cause of a number of chronic health conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease and diabetes.
Smoking was identified as a risk factor for progression of COVID-19, with smokers having higher odds of COVID-19 progression than never smokers, in ameta-analysisof 19 peer-reviewed papers consisting of 11,590 COVID-19 patients.
Anew studyof 4,351 adolescents and young adults found COVID-19 diagnosis was 5 times more likely among ever-users of e-cigarettes only, 7 times more likely among ever-dual-users (users of both e-cigarettes and cigarettes), and 6.8 times more likely among past 30-day dual-users.
Quitting smoking has immediate health benefits
The body begins repairing itself immediately after quitting smoking.
Just 20 minutes after quitting, your heart rate lowers.
Two weeks to 3 months after quitting, your heart attack risk begins to drop, and your lung function begins to improve.
One year after quitting, your risk of coronary heart disease cuts to half that of smokers.
There has never been a better time to quit smoking and vaping
The Montana Tobacco Quit Line offers free coaching, free nicotine replacement therapy and Bupropion at a $5 copay to all Montanans.
There’s no need to leave your home; nicotine replacement therapy will be shipped directly to your residence.
Medicaid enrollees have access to free nicotine replacement therapy, free Bupropion and free Chantix with a doctor’s prescription. Many pharmacies are offering free delivery of medications right now. Call your doctor today.