Are people who smoke at more risk of COVID-19?

While it's not certain that people who smoke are more likely to get COVID-19, we know that they are at a higher risk of getting respiratory infections in general. This means that it’s more likely than not that people who smoke have a higher risk of getting COVID-19 compared to people who don’t smoke.


Also, the hand-to-mouth action of smoking and e-cigarette use means that people who smoke may be more vulnerable to COVID-19, as they are touching their face and mouth more often.


It’s not known for sure, but it’s also possible the vapour from e-cigarettes may be able to spread the virus (either in the air or as it settles on surfaces).


Sharing any type of tobacco or smoking product (for example, cigarettes, e-cigarettes or shisha/waterpipes) can also increase the risk of spreading COVID-19.


Quit has developed a suite of frequently asked questions about smoking and COVID-19 here.

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