17 Sep Be 1 in a Million – quit smoking
Since Coronavirus has taken the UK by storm, over 1 million people have quit smoking. Be 1 in a million and take on the 28 day challenge with our help.
Coronavirus is a respiratory viral infection that affects the lungs and airways. Most people who get Covid-19 will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness. There is strong evidence that smoking tobacco is generally associated with an increased risk of developing respiratory viral infections. The likelihood is far higher in those that smoke. And the implications could be far more severe. There has never been a more important time to quit smoking. For your health and for the health of those friends and family members close to you. Read how we can help here.
Smoking causes damage to the lungs and airways and harms the immune system, reducing your ability to fight against infection. Smoking also involves repetitive hand-to-face movements, which increase the risk of viruses entering the body.
This means that if you smoke, you generally have an increased risk of contracting respiratory infections like Coronavirus and you are more likely to have underlying smoking-related conditions, which could lead to more severe disease outcomes.
We regularly discuss the benefits of quitting smoking; however we don’t relate this to Coronavirus as often. The benefits of stopping include being less likely to be debilitated by the virus, being able to recover quicker if we do contract the virus. Stopping smoking will bring immediate benefits to your health, including if you have an existing smoking-related disease. This is particularly important for both you and for our NHS at a time of intense pressure on the health service. (Information has been taken from the NHS Smokefree website – read more here.)
Need another reason to be 1 in a million? Consider the financial aspects of smoking. More specifically, how much we could save if we do quit. Use the NHS handy calculator here to help highlight just how much can be saved from joining us this Stoptober. The average price of a 20 pack of cigarettes bought at Tesco in the UK is £12.65!