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Ash tray with cigarette butts Cessation programs should not be framed as one-size-fits-all. Tobacco use persists among vulnerable populations who may require unique approaches to quit.

Benefits managers are feeling overwhelmed these days, addressing the needs of employees working remotely, while at the same time helping to plan the transition back to the office. Not surprisingly, they may have overlooked a recent COVID-19 update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC added smoking to the list of conditions associated with risk of illness from COVID-19. According to the CDC, “being a current or former cigarette smoker may increase your risk of severe illness from” the disease.  It urged current smokers to quit, former smokers not to start again, and non-smokers not to start.



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