Smoking, Vaping and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is a stressful time. Maybe you’re already thinking about quitting smoking or vaping. Or maybe it’s harder for you to smoke or vape if you’re in quarantine.

Quitting smoking or vaping improves your health and lowers your risks if you get the COVID-19 virus.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between nicotine withdrawal symptoms and COVID-19 symptoms?

When you quit smoking or using vaping products with nicotine, you may have nicotine withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • cravings for nicotine
  • getting upset easily (irritability)
  • trouble concentrating

These symptoms don’t usually last long and go away after about 2 to 4 weeks. 

A cough and sore throat are also symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. If you have a cough or sore throat, you may worry about COVID-19. So it’s important to remember that these symptoms can also happen when you quit smoking or using vaping products with nicotine. Fever is a symptom of COVID-19 but it isn’t a symptom of nicotine withdrawal.

If you’re worried about your symptoms, do the COVID-19 self-assessment.

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