Connecting the Dots Between Tobacco and COVID-19

Early in the pandemic, tobacco researchers wondered how smoking impacted COVID-19. Years of evidence suggest that smoking worsens respiratory infections, and COVID-19 is no exception.

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Washington State Tobacco Quitline Celebrates 20 Years

For 20 years, the Washington State Quitline has helped people quit tobacco products by providing free and confidential counseling to callers. Tobacco remains a leading preventable cause of disease and death in Washington and the United States. With personal call and text support, the Quitline uses tested techniques to help people live tobacco-free.

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What we know about nicotine in electronic cigarettes

Over the past several years, electronic cigarette use has grown in popularity as an alternative to smoking combustible cigarettes. While this switch does protect individuals from the dangers of combustion, vaping and e-cigarette use has other risks – including nicotine dependency and lung injury.

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Update: Vaping-associated lung injury cases

Updated on 1/15/20 A new case of severe lung disease associated with vaping has been confirmed in a man in his 20’s. This case was originally reported to health authorities last December. The individual was hospitalized and is recovering. This brings the total number of cases in King County to seven confirmed and one probable […]

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Second case of lung illness in King County linked to vaping

Public Health – Seattle & King County has confirmed a second case of severe lung disease associated with vaping in King County. The patient, a female in her thirties, was admitted to a King County hospital in mid-September with shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. The patient has since been released and is recovering. The […]

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First case of vaping-related lung illness confirmed in King County

As of September 20, 2019 – Public Health has identified a second case of vape-related illness. More information available here. Public Health – Seattle & King County has identified a confirmed case of severe lung disease associated with E-cigarette use in a King County teenager. The patient was hospitalized in August for fever, cough and […]

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