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Minnesota Department of Health

MDH

In general, people who smoke are at higher risk of getting lung infections and having more serious illness.

  • The chemicals in cigarette smoke cause inflammation in the lung tissue and change lung cells, which allows lung illnesses to take hold more easily.

  • Smoking may increase the severity of a lung infection.

  • Smoking reduces immunity and interferes with the body’s ability to recover from lung  illnesses.

  • Smoking can compromise the immune system, which makes people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention

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Quit Partner

Minnesota

Quit Partner is Minnesota’s new family of programs to help people who want to quit smoking, vaping, chewing or using other commercial tobacco products.