#QuitforCovid

Jun 4, 2020

#QuitForCovid 

 If you smoke, quitting is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others, and reduce your need to use the NHS. 

Now is the time to quit smoking!

There are so many reasons why giving up smoking benefits not only your own health, but the health of those around you.

 Most people know that stopping brings health benefits such as reducing your risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke, as well as improving your skin, circulation and even your fitness – not to mention your bank balance.

It’s never too late to quit smoking. From the moment you quit your body starts to repair itself. Find out more here.

 Why now?

 During the coronavirus pandemic, now has never been a better time to stop smoking. We are here to help – you don’t have to go it alone!

 Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory infection which affects the lungs and airways. We know that smoking damages your lungs and weakens your immune system, increasing your risk of developing life-threatening complications from COVID-19. Smoking means putting your hands to your mouth more often too, which can increase your transmission risk.

 Smokers are unfortunately more likely to need treatment for other serious conditions such as heart attacks, diabetes, cancer and emphysema. So quitting smoking now will help to not only reduce your risk of suffering complications from COVID-19, but also reduce your risk of hospitalisation for other illnesses.

 What’s more, 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, but the only guaranteed way to reduce harm to others is to go smoke free.

 “There are so many reasons to quit smoking but never a more important time than right now during the coronavirus pandemic.” Ruth Tennant, Tobacco lead for the Association of Directors of Public Health

How can I quit?

You don’t have to do it alone! Smokefree Hampshire are here to help you go smoke-free.

Our expert advisors offer one to one telephone consultations, as well as video consultations, to help support you and guide you. Our FREE service combines expert advice and support for up to 12 weeks, together with nicotine replacement therapy, a vaping voucher or other stop smoking medications. Your expert advisor will help you plan your quit, offer top tips and discuss which medications might be right for you.

To arrange an appointment, call 01264 563039 or 0800 772 3649, or text Quit to 66777 or fill out the form here

Find out more about the #QuitForCovid campaign, and why now is a great time to quit, click here 

 

 

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Smokefree Hampshire is your local stop smoking service commissioned by Hampshire County Council.