Lessen the Risk of Corona Virus by Quitting Smoking and Vaping

by Abhishek Pastore on March 30, 2020

Lessen the Risk of Corona Virus by Quitting Smoking and Vaping

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As people globally and the U.S. struggle with COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019), the community should be on alert that it could affect some populations with SUDs (Substance use Disorders) hard.

The reason for this is that COVID-19 attacks the lungs. Therefore, the virus is a severe threat to those who smoke marijuana, vape, and use tobacco.

People with methamphetamine and OUD (Opioid use Disorder) are also vulnerable due to using these drugs. It affects the pulmonary and respiratory health.

If someone smokes or vape becomes exposed to flu or any other infection, it has adverse effects and more dangerous compared to people who do not smoke or vape.

Therefore, the Government urges people to quit smoking and vaping.


Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Smoking is related to the increase of ARDS in people with the risk of getting severe lung, blood (non-pulmonary sepsis,) and blunt trauma.

People who have a metabolite of nicotine (cotinine) in the body, even at a low level related to 2nd hand smoke, can have an increased risk of ARDS (Acute Respiratory Failure.) Refer to paper 1, paper 2, and paper 3.

Furthermore, a recent summary on pulmonary effects of vaping reports numerous ways that the e-cig impairs the lungs ability to fight infection as seen here:


Effects of Vaping

A study done on 30 healthy non-smokers exposed to the aerosol in e-cigarettes researchers found a decrease in cough sensitivity (82.)

Furthermore, the human ciliary dysfunction also was negatively affected, as per animal and cellular studies (83.) With the grouping of impaired mucociliary clearance and reduced coughing may influence users to get pneumonia.

Moreover, exposure to vaping can suppress crucial capacities of the immune system. During the trial, nasal scrape biopsies were taken from vapers and non-smokers to show the widespread immunosuppression found at the gene level using the e-cigarette (84.)

The non-smokers were exposed to the aerosol of the e-cigarette. Then bronchoalveolar lavage was attained to help study the alveolar macrophages (46.)

Further, more than 60 genes were expressed and altered in the users of e-cigarettes "alveolar macrophages" 2-hours after 20-puffs.

Furthermore, researchers included genes involved in infection. The mode used is NET (Neutrophil Extracellular Trap), also known as NETosis.

The method is when "neutrophils lyse DNA" is released into an extracellular environment to stop bacteria. The process can also injure the lungs (85.)

Researchers found that the neutrophils from continues use of vaping have a considerable inclination for NET development than people who smoke cigarettes or non-smokers (57.)

Therefore, e-cigs may harm neutrophil phagocytosis (86.) The statistics propose that the neutrophil purpose might become reduced in users' vaping.


Added Emphasis

Taking the analysis of deaths caused by COVID-19 in China, it shows that more men are likely to get the virus and die than a woman. Therefore, the relation could be that more men smoke in China than a woman.

Among the patients diagnosed with virus-associated pneumonia, the chances are that the progression of the disease including death is 14 times higher with people who smoke.

These tests and data are the most influential risk factor for people to stop vaping and smoking. Therefore, these risks should be an essential part of the preventative measures of COVID-19.

Another motivating read to prove that drug use, vaping, and smoking is a risk for the coronavirus is to read Dr. Nora Volkow's article posted on March 17, 2020.

You can find her statement on "Covid-19: Potential Implication for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders" here. Other fascinating reads are from Scientific Americans post on how vaping and smoking may increase the risk of the Coronavirus Infection here.


A Word from QuitGo

While many people still do not know a lot about COVID-19 and researching hard to find a vaccine for the disease.

We can take the above information as proof that there is a big chance that smoking, vaping, and drug abuse increase the risk of getting severe effects than people that do not smoke.

As people strive to confront the virus with loads of health challenges, the Government encourages people to try strop smoking and vaping.

Here at QuitGo, we know how difficult it is to quit smoking, and in this time of chaos over the world, we can help you quit. If you are struggling to stop, make sure to check the nicotine-free products available to help curve those cravings.

Be safe and wash your hands regularly with alcohol-based hand sanitizers or soap. Try to avoid touching the nose, mouth, and eyes with unwashed hands.

Further, avoid close contact with other people who are sick and cover the nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing.

Lastly, clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces frequently.


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