COVID-19 and smoking
If you’re a smoker and worried about COVID-19, there is no better time to think about quitting for good.
Research from previous coronaviruses shows that smoking can make the impact of coronavirus much worse. Smokers are more likely to develop severe disease from the COVID-19 virus, than non-smokers.
In this video, Dr Nick Hopkinson, Reader in Respiratory Medicine at Imperial College London and Chair of ASH explains the relationship between smoking and COVID-19 and the key messages for smokers:
Second-hand smoke – do not smoke in your home
Exposure to second-hand smoke is also likely to worsen the risks from coronavirus, alongside the other harms it causes. Children are particularly vulnerable to second-hand smoke. Key messages:
- Do not to smoke in the home, especially if you share your home with children.
- If you are self-isolating and unable to go outside to smoke, seek alternatives such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) or e-cigarettes to protect the people around you from harm. There is no better time to quit!