March 8, 2020 / 6:57 PM / 23 days ago

Smoking or vaping increases vulnerability to coronavirus, says NYC mayor

March 8 (Reuters) - Smoking or vaping makes people more vulnerable to becoming infected with the coronavirus, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday.

De Blasio also said people over the age of 50 and with heart disease, lung disease, cancer, immune system vulnerability or diabetes are at a higher risk of becoming infected with the virus. (Reporting by Nathan Layne in New York; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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