Smoking and COVID-19: Important Info for People with HIV

Content From: HIV.govPublished: November 19, 20202 min read


The Great American Smokeout button
Credit: American Cancer Society

Today is the Great American SmokeoutExit Disclaimer, an opportunity for people who smoke to commit to healthy, smoke-free lives. This annual observance helps raise awareness about the many tools people can use to quit and stay quit.

That’s important for everyone who smokes, but particularly for people with HIV, who smoke at twice the rate of the general population. In fact, smokers with HIV are more likely than nonsmokers with HIV to develop lung and other cancers, heart disease and stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and serious HIV-related infections, including bacterial pneumonia.

Making a commitment to a smoke-free life is especially important during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), being a current or former smoker increases your risk of having severe illness from COVID-19.

Here are some actions you can take:

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