Could smoking and vaping increase adverse health impact to COVID19 infections? ¶
By: Jason E. Barkeloo on March 23, 2020, 7 p.m.
Smoking or Vaping May Increase the Risk of a Severe Coronavirus Infection
Though few studies have investigated the connection specifically, cigarette smoke and vaping aerosol are linked to lung inflammation and lowered immune function
Smoking or vaping could make you more vulnerable to a severe infection with the novel coronavirus, some experts say.
Although there have not been many studies investigating this link specifically, a wealth of evidence suggests that smoking suppresses immune function in the lungs and triggers inflammation. There have been far fewer investigations of vaping, but preliminary research suggests it may do similar damage. And both long-term smokers and e-cigarette users are at a heightened risk of developing chronic lung conditions, which have been associated with more severe cases of COVID-19, as the disease caused by the new virus is called. Scientists say it therefore seems reasonable to assume that smoking—and possibly vaping—could increase the risk of developing a serious infection from the coronavirus.