In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded of the importance of practicing healthy habits for ourselves, our families, and our communities. If you smoke or vape, quitting is a great step toward better health and achieving that goal.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking may lead to a weakened immune system. People with a weak or compromised immune system are considered a high-risk group for poor COVID-19 health outcomes.  High-risk groups are more likely to have severe complications from COVID-19. This means that people who have a weakened immune system have a higher chance of getting seriously sick from COVID-19 if they are infected. Smoking and vaping also increase your chance of developing lung diseases. People with lung disease are another high-risk group who also have a higher chance of serious illness if infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Because of this, many health professionals and scientists suggest that quitting smoking and vaping could help lower the risk of complications related to COVID-19.


Resources & Materials

Here are several resources with information about smoking and COVID-19, quitting smoking and vaping, and the dangers from exposure to secondhand smoke.

Smoking & COVID-19

Resources for Quitting Smoking

Kick It California

  • COVID-19 and Smoking/Vaping
  • Call 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887) to receive a free, two-week starter kit of nicotine patches mailed to your home, while supplies last. For eligible smokers over 18.
  • Spanish: 1-800-456-6386
  • Mandarin and Cantonese: 1-800-838-8917
  • Vietnamese: 1-800-778-8440
  • Korean: 1-800-556-5564

Asian Smokers’ Quitline (ASQ) COVID-19 Websites

Truth InitiativeText-to-quit vaping service for young adults

  • Text DITCHJUUL to 88709 to join a free mobile program that helps teens and young adults quit vaping.


For more information, contact the Tobacco Control Resource Program at