The Impact of COVID-19 for Tobacco Users (+ How You Can Help)

The Impact of COVID-19 for Tobacco Users (+ How You Can Help)

With social distancing, “shelter-in-home” restrictions, stock market turbulence, and a spike in employees working from home, business as usual is no longer usual. For employees looking to quit tobacco, high stress levels in the current environment mean it’s no longer “quitting as usual,” either.

The data are early in terms of the specific impacts of the virus on tobacco users. However, we do know that smokers are more susceptible to infectious diseases, as tobacco use weakens the immune system. Quitting tobacco is one of the best ways to protect a person’s health, yet stress is a major factor in how successful people are in quitting smoking, vaping, and chewing.

Whether your employees are planning to quit or are trying to stay tobacco-free in the midst of unprecedented stress and uncertainty, there are free and low-cost resources that can help. These include a thriving online social community, 1:1 digital coaching, and home delivery of quit medication.

Join our 30-minute webinar on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 2:00 PM EST to learn:
  • The impact of stress and today’s environment on quitting tobacco
  • The evidence behind supporting tobacco users/quitters during times of high stress
  • Real examples of how online communities and live chat coaching immediately provide support
  • Free and low-cost resources available to help your employees quit tobacco



Managing Director of Product, Innovations

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Megan Jacobs is responsible for the design, delivery, and evaluation of the EX Program. Most recently, Jacobs led the EX Program team responsible for the first evidence-based text messaging program to help e-cigarette users of all ages quit. She has over 15 years’ experience in mHealth interventions and public health campaigns, having previously worked at the University of Michigan Health Service, DC Department of Health, and the National Vaccine Program Office. Her expertise is in the application of technology to behavior change and has included adolescent sexual health and large-scale vaccination programs.

EX Coach Lead

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Margaret LaPlante is a tobacco cessation expert with more than 15 years’ experience delivering cessation coaching to people of all ages. She leads the EX Program coaching team, including staff from Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, and ensures that protocols are current and based on the latest scientific evidence. She trains EX Coaches to engage participants in the help and medication support they need for a successful quit.

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