Covid-19 and smoking

What you need to know

If you smoke now is the time to quit to help you stay healthy and stay out of hospital.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory infection, it affects the lungs and airways.

Smoking damages your lungs and weakens your immune system, increasing your risk of developing life-threatening complications from COVID 19.

Smokers are also more likely to need treatment for other serious conditions like heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, cancer and emphysema.

Smoking of any kind, not just cigarettes, but shisha, cannabis or any other substances also increases your risks.

Secondhand smoke indoors poses risks particularly to children and those with existing health conditions. Smokers should take every effort to protect those around them from exposure.

It’s never too late to quit. From the moment you quit your body starts to repair itself.

If you use a Stop Smoking Service you are four times more likely to quit than going alone. Contact NHSCT Stop Smoking Service to get help to stop on 028 2563 5575 or if you live in the Causeway area 078 2733 4605. You can stop, we can help.

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