Make today the day you take the first step on your quit journey!
The Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty has highlighted that smokers are at increased risk from COVID-19 and that now would be a good time to quit.
This is because many smokers already have poor respiratory health and smoking-related diseases caused by years of smoking. Smoking harms the immune system, making it harder to fight off infections, like coronavirus.
Smokers are therefore at greater risk of:
- getting acute respiratory infections
- the infection lasting longer
- the infection being more serious than it would be for someone who does not smoke
Therefore now is a very important time for smokers to quit and reduce their harm from tobacco.
Quitting smoking rapidly reduces your risk of a range of health problems related to smoking, such as heart disease and stroke which is critical for smokers on an individual level and our health system as it is going to come under strain at this time.
Smokers are reminded not to share cigarettes or roll-ups to avoid increasing the risk of transmission of the virus.
How to Quit for COVID
You’re 3 times more likely to quit with expert support and use of Nicotine Replacement Therapy or Champix.
Smokers take this opportunity to make your next quit attempt – The Sheffield Stop Smoking Service is here for you.
Get in touch with Yorkshire Smokefree Sheffield #QuitForCovid today:
0800 612 0011 FREE from landlines
0330 660 1166 FREE from most mobiles
Or request a callback
Online support: https://sheffield.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk/
Consider switching to vaping
There has been some suggestion in the media that e-cigarette use could increase risks from COVID-19. There is no clear evidence for this suggestion, and while we know smoking is a definite risk factor, we would continue to encourage smokers to think about switching to e-cigarettes to reduce their risk of respiratory infections.
With schools closed and families self-isolating, it is more important than ever to make your home a smokefree space.
Smoking and COPD
Quitting is essential if you smoke and have pre-existing lung conditions like COPD. Protect yourself from serious coronavirus complications.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
Whether you’ve had unsuccessful attempts in the past or are taking your very first step towards quitting, NRT could help you succeed.