SMoking and COVID-19

Now is a great time to start focusing on your health and to make significant steps towards stopping smoking. You may already be finding you are smoking less due to the lockdown. For example, you can’t go to a smoking area in a bar or have a social smoke with friends anymore. As there are fewer social pressures to smoke right now, you might find it easier to quit!

Here are some tips on how to stop smoking during lockdown:

  • Use your usual smoking break to do something good. If you usually have a smoking break during your workday, why not use it to do something good instead? You could read a section of a book, go for a walk, text that friend that you’ve been meaning to catch up with, call an elderly relative isolating, or even do 5 minutes of mindful breathing exercises.
  • Start a money pot with the money you would’ve spent on cigarettesSmoking is a very expensive habit and COVID-19 means some people may be struggling with money. Instead of buying a packet of cigarettes, you could save that money in a pot for something you want to do or buy. It could even be an opportunity to finally pay off that credit card debt. Take a look at our monthly cost calculator to see how much you could save!

  • Embrace the change of routine. Smoking can become a large part of your daily routine. At the moment, most people’s routines have changed due to coronavirus, so now is the perfect time to take smoking out of your routine.
  • Talk to someone. Stopping smoking is a big step and may seem impossible to a lot of people. It’s important to talk to someone you trust about how you are feeling. This could be a friend, family member or even one of our Quitline advisors.
  • Do it together. You may live with someone who smokes or have a close family member or friend who smokes. Why not speak to them about quitting together during this time? You can support and give each other encouragement…and celebrate when you realise how good you feel!

 

Frequently asked questions about Covid-19 and smoking

Does smoking mean that I am more likely to get the coronavirus?

Smoking involves putting your hand close to your mouth. The current guidance from the World Health Organisation is to avoid touching your face and mouth as it increases the spread of the virus as well as the risk of catching it.

How will quitting now benefit me?

Your body begins the process of healing itself as soon as you stop smoking. The NHS advises that just 8 hours after you quit your oxygen levels return to normal. After 48 hours there is no carbon monoxide or nicotine left in your body. In as little as 72 hours your breathing will become easier.

Smoking helps me with anxiety/stress. How do I manage my mental health if I quit?

The world seems like a stressful place right now due to the pandemic, but smoking is not the answer to your problems. Studies have shown that stopping smoking actually improves your mood. For more information on managing your mental health visit Every Mind Matters.

What support is available?

Although we can’t see you face-to-face right now, we are running telephone and Quitline support. You can self-refer on this website, call our Quitline on 01264 563039 or text Quit to 66777.

Registered Office
Smokefree Hampshire,
Grove House,
Lutyens Close,
Chineham Court,
Basingstoke,
RG24 8AG

Telephone
01264 563039 or 0800 772 3649

Email
smokefree.hampshire@nhs.net

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