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COVID-19: Smoking and Vaping during COVID-19

In these uncertain times, it may be tempting and comforting to reach for a cigarette, a vaping device or other tobacco or marijuana product. And yet, Loyola Medicine pulmonologist Bradford Bemiss, MD, says there has never been a better or more important time for you to quit smoking or vaping, not only to improve overall health, but to protect yourself from the most dangerous symptoms of COVID-19. Smokers and vapers are among the groups at highest risk for severe illness and complications related to COVID-19 as smoking damages the lungs where COVID-19 attacks and settles, hindering the body's immune response. To learn more about smoking cessation treatment or to schedule an appointment at Loyola Medicine, call 888-584-7888 or visit