Reduce your risk of serious lung disease caused by corona virus by quitting smoking and vaping

Author: Glantz, S.

Updated May 1, 2020

When someone’s lungs are exposed to flu or other infections the adverse effects of smoking or vaping are much more serious than among people who do not smoke or vape.

Smoking is associated with increased development of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in people with a risk factor like severe infection, non-pulmonary sepsis (blood infection), or blunt trauma.   People who have any cotinine (a metabolite of nicotine) in their bodies – even at the low levels associated with secondhand smoke – have substantially increased risk of acute respiratory failure from ARDS (paper 1paper 2paper 3). 

Published by: UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education