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This page houses the latest information and reports on the effects of smoking on COVID-19 susceptibility and severity of symptoms. Please use or share the information below, and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch:

WEBINAR: COVID-19, TOBACCO & VAPING - Held July 13th 2020

The Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center, in partnership with The American Heart Association hosted an online webinar Monday, July 13th 2020: “COVID-19, TOBACCO & VAPING: Insights from Researchers in California’s San Joaquin Valley.” During this webinar four distinguished speakers presented on a number of COVID-19 & tobacco/vaping related subjects.

There was also a Q&A discussion following the presentations. Please play the video below for the recording of the webinar. All the speaker's slides are listed below the video link.


Dr. Norval J. Hickman – Program Officer for the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program at the University of California Office of the President

Dr. Marcos Garcia-Ojeda – Associate Teaching Professor of Biology, UC Merced

Dr. Gilberto Lopez – Assistant Professor, Arizona State University School of Transborder Studies

Dr. Anna Epperson – Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of California, Merced

Insights from Researchers in California’s San Joaquin Valley


To view the Speaker's Slides - please click on the images below

A video with Spanish subtitles and translated slides available below

COVID-19, TABACO Y VAPOR: Perspectivas de los investigadores en el Valle de San Joaquín de California


These reports briefly summarizes the emerging literature on COVID-19 and tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. The literature is evolving as research on COVID-19 is rapidly emerging and disseminating; the report will be updated as we learn more.

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  AUGUST 2020 - ENGLISH                                                             AUGUST 2020 - SPANISH

COVID-19 REPORT NCPC Uc Merced April












APRIL 2020 - ENGLISH                                                             APRIL 2020 - SPANISH

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COVID-19 and smoking NCPC UC Merced




 Watch the Retro Report featuring Dr. Anna Song: "Coronavirus, Smoking, Vaping: Studies From the Past That Alarm Scientists"