smoking, vaping and the coronavirus

The corona virus has suddenly become our number one headline. We hear about it from every angle; but what special effects can smoking or vaping have on people who contract this horrible bug?

According to Dr. Stanton Glantz, Director of the Center for Tobacco Research Control & Education at the University of California – San Francisco, people who smoke or vape are especially susceptible to lung infections. Additionally, recovery in this group is significantly delayed.

In one study, people who had damaged cilia from inhaling vape or smoke were far more likely to contract pneumonia. Vape users also have damage done all the way down to the gene level. This includes suppressing the effectiveness of the white blood cells responsible for leading the charge against infections.

In recent analysis of deaths from corona virus in China, they found that progression of disease, including death, was 14 times higher in smokers than non-smokers

Dr. Glantz suggests that everyone from government officials to celebrities need to be a part of educating the public on how to lower the chances of contracting the virus. This includes stopping smoking, vaping and avoiding secondhand smoke.

He concludes by adding, this might be a good time for us to strengthen smoke free laws and policies…and that includes e-cigarettes.

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