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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.

Dr Nick Hopkinson, Respiratory Specialist
gives advice to smokers about risks 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.

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

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

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