COVID-19 and Tobacco Use
Evidence is still unclear whether or not smoking may increase your chances of getting COVID-19 but here is what research DOES show:
- Smokers are likely to experience complications or more severe cases of COVID-19 if they do become infected
- Smokers are generally at a higher risk of getting chest and lung infections due to the damage that smoking causes to the lungs and the immune system.
- Smoking also involves repetitive hand-to-mouth movements, which provide a route of entry for viruses such as COVID-19 into the respiratory tract
Smoking Cessation Resources
The Link Ottawa: Thinking or Trying to Quit - Numerous services, programs and agencies in Ottawa provide assistance when you are ready to quit smoking.
University of Ottawa Heart Institute: Canada’s largest and foremost heart health centre dedicated to understanding, treating, and preventing heart disease.
- Crush the crave : A free app that helps you stop smoking.
- Break it off: An app that helps you through those moments of weakness, so you can get over your smoking relationship.