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How smoking and vaping increase your risk of coronavirus

By Shaniqua Williams

Posted on March 20th, 2020

Recent studies revealed that smokers and vapers are also at high risk of contracting the coronavirus, as their lungs and immune system are very poor. However, by following adequate protective measures, their chances of becoming sick decrease significantly.

According to a recent update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, another group of people who is very susceptible to contracting coronavirus is smokers. Since the virus targets mainly the lungs, smokers, and vapers are at high risk. The lungs of smokers and vapers are usually in very poor condition and, as a consequence, they can no longer prevent the virus from entering the body. Actually, smokers and vapers are 14% more prone to contracting coronavirus than people who do not use such products.

Contrary to popular belief, vaping is as harmful as smoking, gradually causing inflammation and suppressing immune function in the lungs. Therefore, people who vape are just as susceptible as tobacco smokers to contracting the new virus. While there is no definitive evidence in this regard, several medical studies revealed that smokers and vapers are at high risk of receiving a coronavirus diagnosis. According to research conducted in China, a larger number of men were hospitalized for coronavirus than women, which means smokers are more prone to contracting it since mostly men use tobacco in the country.

The cilia, tiny fibers whose purpose is to keep foreign particles from entering the lungs and to clean the organs when coughing, become increasingly damaged over time if a person smokes or vapes. Consequently, it may take only a tiny particle of coronavirus for a smoker to get infected. When a respiratory infection is about to develop in the lungs, a great number of white blood cells known as neutrophils respond by killing the virus, which are followed by lymphocytes, whose role is to clear out the infection. However, in the case of smokers and vapers, these groups of blood cells do not act as fast and efficient as in the case of non-smokers.

Smokers already have a greater chance of catching the flu, as their respiratory system is not functioning properly and their immune system is quite poor. Because their immune cells are highly affected by their habit, contracting coronavirus, as well as other respiratory diseases, is very likely. Furthermore, they are also susceptible to health complications if they develop a coronavirus infection, such as cardiovascular shock, acute respiratory distress syndrome, or heart attack.

If you are a smoker, we strongly advise you to quit. There are numerous reasons why you may want to consider giving up this habit, the most important being your health. Additionally, you will save up money, reduce your aging significantly, have whiter teeth, stop having to deal with the smell of tobacco smoke, and also have a higher sleep quality.

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