The Novel Coronavirus - Israel Ministry of Health


Smoking as a Risk Factor for Coronavirus

Publication date: 10/05/2020, 16:03 | Update date: 10/05/2020, 16:08


Smoking During the Coronavirus Crisis is Dangerous

Smoking tobacco cigarettes, vaping electronic cigarettes, and using other smoking paraphernalia is intended to provide the user with nicotine, a substance with a calming effect. 

Stressful or boring situations might lead to increased use of various smoking products. This increased use leads to more significant expenses, which in turn leads to increased stress. Users enter a vicious cycle, and they smoke more and more every day. This intensive use also increases the risk of forced second-hand smoking or vaping by members of the user's household, especially young children who spend many hours at home with their parents during the day.   


Inhalation of smoke or vapors into the lungs causes inflammatory responses, harms the respiratory system and other systems, and constitutes a risk factor for becoming infected with Coronavirus or for complications of the virus, both for smokers and for those in their immediate surrounding. Smokers and those around them are at a high-risk for complications of Coronavirus.  


Quitting Smoking and Reducing Smoking

In Israel, as in many other countries around the world, there are facilities for providing help and support to smokers who want to quit smoking or at least reduce their use of smoking products. These facilities operate year-round, and also during the current situation.

Right now, when many people are home, is the time to reach out and seek help with this process from the Ministry of Health's smoking rehabilitation hotline or from the HMOs that provide individual and free-of-charge support services through their rehabilitation counselors. 

  • The Ministry of Health's smoking rehabilitation hotline: *6800.
  • For further information on the smoking rehabilitation services provided by the HMOs: Clalit *2700, Maccabi *3555, Meuhedet *3833, Leumit *507.

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