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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued
guidelines saying people who smoke and vape are at higher risk for more severe complications and hospitalization if they get COVID-19. The CDC found that more than 70% of hospitalized and ICU coronavirus patients had one or more reported underlying health conditions like lung disease, diabetes, or heart disease — all of which have been linked to smoking.
Smoking and vaping can also increase the risk of spreading coronavirus. There is a great deal of hand-to-mouth contact, which can increase the spread of coronavirus on droplets from the mouth, and coughing while smoking or vaping can spread the virus whether or not the infected smoker is showing symptoms.
What you need to know: Important facts on smoking and COVID-19 from QuitlineNC.
These resources are available to help you quit tobacco or vaping.
Tobacco-Free Mecklenburg Quit Guide
NC Quitline for Fathers (Spanish)
The most recent National Youth Tobacco Survey showed e-cigarette
use—primarily JUUL—was up 78% among high school students and 48% among middle schoolers in just one year. In addition, the frequency of use among current high school e-cigarette users surged with nearly 28% vaping more than 20 times per month.
You can get help quitting by texing DITCHJUUL to 887-09.
Click here for more information.
A health alert was declared in mid-2019 after a national outbreak of lung injuries associated with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use. Health authorities have seen progress, with emergency room visits related to e-cigarette products declining after peaking in September 2019.
Click here for the latest information from the CDC.
Anyone who uses e-cigarette products and experiences
symptoms should seek medical care promptly.
Mecklenburg County Public Health and its state and federal partners remind residents of the following:
Here is a list of resources to communicate with stakeholders (county/municipal employees, public, etc.) about Smoke-Free Government Grounds or Tobacco-Free Parks regulations in Mecklenburg County.
Board of Health Rule for Smoke-Free Government GroundsTobacco-Free Parks OrdinanceFrequently Asked Questions
All government-owned buildings, vehicles, and property (grounds) are smoke-free in Mecklenburg County, City of Charlotte, CATS transit system, and the towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill , and Pineville. This is a Mecklenburg County Board of Health Rule.
All Mecklenburg County-owned parks, greenways, and park property are tobacco-free. Exceptions include county golf courses and some regional parks. This is a Mecklenburg County ordinance.
If you identify a signage or enforcement issue regarding Mecklenburg County's Smoke-Free Government Grounds rule or Tobacco-Free Parks ordinance, or if you would like to share a comment about the impact of these health-related laws, please email us. Thank you for your feedback!
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County services are operating at a limited capacity. Questions about COVID-19? Call Public Health Hotline: 980-314-9400