COVID-19 and Smoking
COVID-19 is a threat to everyone, but especially to smokers. See why & how to fight back.
Oklahoma and COVID-19
COVID-19 is spreading in Oklahoma, and we’re learning more about it every day. New research links tobacco, vaping and marijuana use to an increasing number of severe and fatal cases. While giving up smoking or vaping is always beneficial, quitting during this pandemic could immediately help your body stockpile critical defenses.
COVID-19 and Impact on Smokers
How are researchers making this connection? COVID-19 attacks the lungs, and when lungs are weakened by smoking or vaping, fighting the virus becomes much harder. Smoking also weakens the immune system – our body’s defense against dangerous germs. With a decreased ability to fight back, the body is vulnerable to serious infections.
Illness and Age
In the early stages of the pandemic, older patients were thought to be at higher risk. Today, a broader range of age groups are being hospitalized. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 38% of hospitalizations are adults between the ages of 20-54. Clearly, no one is immune. By quitting tobacco with the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, smokers and vapers can improve their chances of recovery if they get sick.
The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline
The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline provides FREE, 24/7 support. Once you’ve registered, you can set a quit date and work with a nonjudgmental Quit Coach. Registrants may also receive at least a two-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). By using the Helpline’s free resources, you greatly increase your chances of quitting tobacco.
Your Health Is Your Weapon
The human body is an amazing machine. It constantly fights for us, beating back germs and viruses around the clock. When you quit tobacco, your body will immediately begin to regain its natural defenses against COVID-19. Take advantage of free resources from the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline. There’s never been a better time to give yourself a fighting chance.
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