COVID: How Smoking, Vaping Increase Risks

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JAMESTOWN – There are indications that people who smoke, vape, or have substance abuse problems may be at increased risk when it comes to the Coronavirus.

Doctor Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, flagged the concern.

Volkow explained that because COVID-19 attacks the lungs, it may pose a more serious threat to those who smoke tobacco or marijuana and those who vape.

As for drug use, Volkow highlighted concerns specifically about opioids and methamphetamine.

Opioids, she explained, slow down breathing and have already been shown to increase mortality in people with respiratory diseases.

Methamphetamine has been shown to cause considerable pulmonary damage.


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