COVID-19 & Tobacco Use

It’s A Great Time to Quit

COVID-19 is a new disease and public health scientists are still learning about it. Based on available information and clinical expertise, those who smoke and vape are more likely to have serious complications from COVID-19.

Why is There an Increased Risk?

  • Tobacco users brings their hands to their mouth several times a day. Therefore, they are more likely to transfer the virus to their mouth.
  • People who use vaping devices and waterpipes often share the mouthpieces of these devices with others.
  • Vaping nicotine and marijuana can cause inflammation in the airway and the lungs.
  • Smoking and tobacco use can cause underlying medical conditions that increase the risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19. These conditions include:
    • Lung Disease, especially chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • Emphysema
    • Diabetes
    • Cardiovascular Disease

Support is Available:

You are not alone. The Maine QuitLink offers free, confidential, supportive help over the phone or online. You’ll work with a nationally certified and trained Quit Coach to make a personal plan to help you reach your quit goals.

Learn More About COVID-19 and the Risks:


No matter what your quit journey looks like, we have the tools to support you. Choose the option that’s right for you.


A Quit Coach is just a phone call away. Free 1-on-1 coaching with a Quit Coach who will work with you to create a customized Quit Plan. People who call are 2X as likely to quit and using free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) triples your chances.

  • 8 weeks of FREE gum, patches or lozenges for eligible residents
  • Talk to a certified Quit Coach for support
  • Unlimited calls for support
  • Free access to text, email and web services


Website support with digital tools you need to help you with your quit journey. Get quitting information, create a customized quit plan, join an online community, and track your progress.

  • FREE 2-week starter kit of gum, patches or lozenges
  • Chat with an Online Quit Coach
  • Free access to text, email and web services
  • Participate in an online community of tobacco users also quitting
  • Available 24/7


Individual services are designed to give you the flexibility to pick and choose the tools you want to use at any time through an online dashboard. Build your plan by adding or removing the tools that work best for you when you need them.

  • FREE 2-week starter kit of gum, patches or lozenges
  • Educational materials
  • Text messaging
  • Email
  • Dashboard Accessible 24/7