COVID-19 Pandemic Information

Smoking may increase your risk of severe illness from COVID-19

You are more likely to be infected by COVID-19 if you smoke or vape.  Smokers may also be at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.  Here’s why:

  • The action of bringing your hand to your mouth repeatedly can transfer the virus to your body, increasing your chances of getting COVID-19.
  • Smoking is harmful to nearly every organ of your body, and can leave lung tissue inflamed, fragile, and more susceptible to infection.
  • Tobacco use weakens the immune system, leaving smokers at higher risk for severe illness from respiratory diseases.
  • Smoking can cause heart and lung disease and people, of any age, with these underlying chronic health conditions may be more likely to require hospitalization from COVID-19 infection.

Minimize your risk

Now is the best time to quit smoking and vaping!

Your body’s recovery process begins 20 minutes after smoking your last cigarette.  Read more about the benefits of quitting here.

Healthy lungs and a strong immune system will give you the best chance to fight back if you contract COVID-19.

Quit now to protect your health

Online, phone, and in-person support is available.

  • The Hawaiʻi Tobacco Quitline provides phone or web-based counseling and nicotine replacement therapy1 at no cost for adults.
Call 1-800-QUIT NOW or 1-800-784-8669
  • The Hawaii Tobacco Quitline also provides counseling for youth who want help quitting all forms of tobacco, including vaping.
Call 1-855-891-9989
Enroll now at
Text “Start My Quit” to 36072
  • Community Quit Smoking Programs connect you to certified tobacco treatment specialists. Find a community program near you.
  • For more resources specifically for parents, educators, and community providers who are concerned about youth vaping, visit
1Nicotine replacement therapy products are FDA-approved for adults and are not for youth younger than 18 years old.