Smoking, vaping increases risk of death from COVID, study finds

Health July 27, 2022 News
Smoking, vaping increases risk of death from COVID, study finds

From ABC News | Health by Mary Kekatos

Smokers and vapers are more likely to have a severe case of COVID-19 or die of the disease, a new study finds.

People who reported use of tobacco products prior to their hospitalization were 39% more likely to be put on mechanical ventilation than non-smokers.

What's more, they were 45% more likely to die.

Although it's well-known that smoking and vaping damages the lungs and suppresses the immune system, making people more susceptible to COVID-19 and less likely to fight off the illness, there is limited information on the link between smoking and COVID-19 severity.

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