⦁ Yes. People who smoke, especially those who have respiratory, cardiovascular or other conditions caused by smoking, seem to be at higher risk of developing severe symptoms of COVID-19 infection, requiring ICU admission, and/or requiring mechanical ventilation.⦁ As smoking adversely affects the immune system, it decreases the body’s natural ability to heal from infections and increases the risk of lower respiratory tract infection, including COVID-19.
⦁ Vaping can cause lung damage as well as other respiratory health problems, and may put you at higher risk for developing severe COVID-19 symptoms.⦁ Because vaping is a new phenomenon, and we do not yet know all the long-term effects or how it correlates with COVID-19, it is best to stay away from vaping or make your best attempts to significantly reduce your use.
⦁ Good respiratory and cardiovascular health is essential for COVID-19 patients to positively respond to medical treatment and successfully recover from the disease. ⦁ Quitting or reducing smoking and vaping is the best thing you can do to protect your respiratory and cardiovascular health at this time. ⦁ Ensure there are smoke- and vapour-free spaces in the community, thus reducing second-hand smoke/vapour exposure.⦁ Do not smoke or vape around Elders, those with chronic illness, or those who are immunosuppressed (this includes pregnant women); these groups are at the highest risk of having poor outcomes related to COVID-19 infection.⦁ Do not share your smoke or vape with anyone. Doing so can transfer the virus to others.⦁ Remember physical distancing. Stay at least two metres (six feet) apart if smoking or vaping in a group.
⦁ Be kind to yourself⦁ Drink water or medicinal teas⦁ Ask Creator for strength⦁ Do traditional crafts or activities at home
⦁ First Nations Health Authority: www.fnha.ca/respectingtobacco⦁ QuitNow BC: www.quitnow.ca or call 1-877-455-2233
⦁ First Nations Health Authority: www.fnha.ca/coronavirus⦁ BC Lung Association: www.bc.lung.ca/how-we-can-help/covid-19⦁ BC Centre for Disease Control: covid-19.bccdc.ca