In response to this global pandemic, we have all been reminded that we should practice healthy habits … for ourselves, our families, and our communities. If you smoke or vape, quitting is a smart step toward that goal.
COVID-19 & SMOKING/VAPING
Since COVID-19 is new, the relationship between it and smoking/vaping has not been directly studied. However, we do know that smoking inflames lungs, and animal models suggest vaping can cause similar damage.
Because of this, many scientists and health professionals suggest that quitting smoking and vaping could help reduce coronavirus risks. Learn More
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COPING WITH STRESS
Many people are struggling with the uncertainty, isolation, and anxiety that has come with COVID-19. And many people believe smoking and vaping helps to relieve their stress.
But smoking and vaping actually puts stress on the body. Nicotine is a stimulant that makes the heart work harder, and most vape devices popular with teens have very high doses of nicotine. This can lead to irritability, anxiety, and mood swings in young people.
There are much healthier ways to cope than smoking and vaping.
COPING WITH WITHDRAWAL
Some people experience withdrawal and some don’t.
Smokers may be eligible to receive free nicotine patches through the California Smokers’ Helpline. Call 1-800-NO-BUTTS to see if you qualify.
If you are a parent or loved one of someone going through nicotine withdrawal, here are a few tips to help them.
As many young people get vapes from classmates, their access may be shut down due to school closures related to COVID-19. Click here for additional information on how you can help young people quit vaping.