COVID-19 and Smoking
Current on: Wednesday 8th April
If you’re a smoker and worried about the risks around COVID-19 then now would be a good time to think about quitting for good.
Research into previous coronaviruses show that smoking makes the impact of the virus worse. From the moment you quit smoking the body starts to heal itself which will help the body’s ability to fight off the illness.
Suzanne Cass, Chief Executive of ASH Wales said, “Smoking is not a lifestyle choice, it is an addiction that leads to devastating health consequences, which is why we would always advise smokers to #QuitforCovid
In light of concerns about the spread of Covid-19 we would urge smokers more than ever to consider giving up an addiction that seriously affects the body’s natural defences.”
Follow these three steps to #QuitForCovid
1. Get expert advice
People who want help to stop smoking can call NHS Wales Help Me Quit on 0800 085 2219 or visit the website helpmequit.wales
Your local pharmacist can also give you advice on which stop smoking medication could work for you. It is advised to call before visiting as pharmacies are very busy at this time.
2. Get stop smoking medication from your local supermarket/online
A wide range of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is sold in supermarkets. We are advised to leave the house only for essential shopping and medication, this would include NRT to help you stop smoking e.g. patches, gum, lozenges. Read our guide on using NRT to quit smoking.
3. Join an online support group
There are online forums for people to support each other whilst quitting smoking, such as Quit Smoking (Wales) on Facebook.
Exposure to second-hand smoke is also likely to exacerbate the risks from coronavirus, alongside the other harms it causes. ASH Wales urges people not to smoke in the home, especially if they share their home with children. Smokers who are self-isolating and are not able to go outside to smoke should seek alternatives such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) or e-cigarettes to protect the people around them from harm.