Covid-19 and smoking - now is the time to quit

With Covid-19 more likely to adversely impact those with an impaired immune system, giving up smoking has never been more important

Jun 11 2020

Smoking damages the lungs and weakens the immune system, increasing the risk of complications from Covid-19, as well as other serious conditions.

Simon Bryant, Director of Public Health at Hampshire County Council, said, “If you smoke, quitting is one of the best ways you can reduce your risks from the Coronavirus as smoking can lower your natural protection against infections. It can be hard to make a change, especially if the current crisis is making you feel worried or anxious, but you can boost your chances of quitting for good by using an expert stop smoking service such as SmokefreeHampshire which offers free digital and telephone support, plus different treatment options.”

Smoking is known to be the biggest cause of preventable deaths in England.  People who successfully give up smoking experience immediate health benefits and can reduce their risk of lung infections, heart attack and strokes.  Overall, you are up to four times more likely to stop smoking for good if you use a combination of a stop smoking treatment and receive support from a specialist stop smoking service.  

SmokefreeHampshire provides a service for new and existing residents who want to quit smoking.  This support, including access to Nicotine Replacement Therapy and other aids, is available via the Quitline on 01264 563039 or 0800 772 3649 or using the online referral form. A text service is also available, text Quit to 66777.