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INTERVIEW: American Lung Association senior director warns COVID-19’s worse for smokers, e-cig users

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DULUTH, MN - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is saying smokers diagnosed with the coronavirus could expect a more severe infection. The American Lung Association agrees and elaborated on what you might need to know here.

A recent study published by the New England Journal of Medicine shows people who smoke are 2.4 times more likely to have severe symptoms compared to those who did not.

Health experts say tobacco smoke and vape emissions affect our ability to fight viruses. They say it also disrupts the immune system causing inflammation in our airways.

KBJR 6 Anchor Jessie Slater discussed this new health development with Pat McKone who serves as a senior director of the American Lung Association.

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