WATCH: UAB doctor on how smoking affects those with COVID-19

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UAB Medicine held a Q&A session to discuss the effects of smoking and COVID-19.

Dr. Susan Walley, a pediatrician with the UAB Department of Pediatrics and Children’s of Alabama, lead the discussion and answered questions from the media.

“Smokers are at a higher risk for greater complications such as death, admission to intensive care and mechanical ventilation when they contract COVID-19,” Dr. Walley said.

It was also discovered that teens and young adults who vape are five times more likely to test positive than non-users.

You can watch the Q&A with Dr. Walley in the video player above

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