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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.

Break it Off is aimed at helping young adults quit. It is run by Health Canada and the Canadian Cancer Society. They have a website, an app, and Quit Coaches available at 1-866-366-3667. 


  • 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.

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