Minnesota Department of Health


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


Quit Partner


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.