Quit for Covid

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Coronavirus and smoking

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory infection, it affects the lungs and airways. Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and others, and reduce the impact on NHS services.

Reasons to quit:

  • The damage that smoking causes to your lungs and immune system makes it more likely that you will have complications if you get sick and it will take longer to recover.
  • Smoking of any kind, not just cigarettes, but shisha, cannabis or any other substances will also increase your risks.
  • Secondhand smoke in the home and in other enclosed spaces also poses a risk. Children and those with existing health conditions are particularly vulnerable and, if you are a smoker, you should take every effort to protect them from exposure.
  • Smokers are also much more likely to get other health problems at a time when the NHS is under strain from COVID-19.

If you’re trying to quit, you don’t have to go it alone, local support is here to help you. Covid-secure, tailored advice and support from trained advisors in our Wellbeing teams, GP surgeries and pharmacies is available over the telephone.  Please check with your local general practice or pharmacy whether they are currently offering this service. If not, our Wellbeing teams are ready to support you on your quitting journey. Get in touch with your local Wellbeing team to book a telephone appointment.

For more information about quitting, visit our Smoking pages where you can find all the tools and support you need.

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