[Published March 10, 2020 | Last Updated May 29, 2020]

Resources from ASH

Webinars & Live Chat Recordings from ASH

Resources on COVID-19

World Health Organization and who is at risk Q&A?
WHO FCTC Secretariat’s statement on May 4, 2020
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and their April 8, 2020 guidance to include tobacco questions for communicable disease outbreak investigations
New England Journal of Medicine, and Cardiovascular Disease, Drug Therapy, and Mortality in Covid-19 published May 1, 2020
British Medical Journal
The Lancet
JAMA Network
Chinese Medical Journal

Tips to Quit in Quarantine

Please pass this along to the smokers in your life.

[videos in 14 languages from Diaspora TV Switzerland on quitting]
[video in Spanish on quitting from Stoptabaco 31mayo 2020]

As the world grapples with the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), one risk factor that has not been covered widely in the media is smoking status. There’s little evidence that smokers are more likely to be infected by coronavirus. It is highly contagious for everyone. However, similar to people with diabetes or a history of lung or heart disease, smokers have a significantly higher risk of experiencing severe or life-threatening symptoms if they do contract the virus. Like other groups with heightened risk, smokers should take extra precautions to avoid exposure, and if they experience symptoms, go to the doctor and get tested immediately.

In addition, the CDC recommends that those in higher risk groups should:

Stock up on supplies.
– Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
– When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
Avoid crowds as much as possible.
– Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.

During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.

Even if there is no known outbreak near you, the CDC urges those over 80 to follow the last bullet and stay home as much as possible.

ASH is all about health for everyone. There’s no evidence that tobacco has anything to do with the advent or spread of the Coronavirus, but it does seem to compound the risk of serious ramifications to COVID-19 (the disease that results from infection by the Coronavirus). If you have loved ones that smoke, please ensure that they’re aware of the increased risk so that they can take extra precautions.

For free resources to quit smoking call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, visit smokefree.gov, or check out tips from Dr. Harry Lando on How to Quit in Quarantine here. Stay safe and healthy!

Additional Resources to Quit

Do you smoke or vape? Here’s why Covid-19 means you should quit right now. By Professor Luke Clancy

Effective options for quitting smoking during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The New York Times’ Compilation of quit resources

Minnesota Department of Health on COVID-19 and quitting smoking

California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) video on benefits of quitting smoking and vaping during the coronavirus outbreak

– Stanford Medicine: Vaping Prevention: A Remote-Learning Curriculum

– Stanford Medicine: Cannabis Awareness and Prevention: A Remote-Learning Curriculum

 

 

Resources on COVID-19 and Tobacco Use

Jurisdictions Removing or Limiting Tobacco Products from “Essential Business” Distinction, in Turn Banning the Sale of Tobacco Products

Jurisdictions Reducing Tobacco Sales Density

  • Kanesatake and Kahnawake Territories (in Canada) – “In an effort to encourage social distancing and protect Kanesatake’s population during the COVID-19 outbreak, no tobacco, cannabis or alcohol products will be sold on the territory until further notice,” read more here.
  • Vietnam – Dedicated tobacco shops are required to close just like any other kind of shops. But supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, etc. which sell essential goods (foods, medicines) are open, and smokers can buy tobacco products in those stores.
  • Wisconsin, USA – Vape, smoking, and CBD shops must close (and cannot provide delivery), but sales can continue at other stores like grocery or gas stations as they are considered essential businesses. Read their FAQ here.

Note: We strongly recommend any government taking this action to also provide full access to cessation and cessation treatment.

Please email any updates/omissions to us at info@ash.org

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