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Quit for COVID - Smoking makes the impact of coronavirus worse

Published: 25 March 2020

The Health Secretary has announced that: “It is abundantly clear that smoking makes the impact of coronavirus worse.” As the Government highlights the risks to smokers from COVID-19, Slough Borough Council is joining health professionals in calling on all smokers to #QuitforCovid

Smoking harms the immune system, reducing the bodies’ natural protection against infections, like coronavirus. Smokers are therefore at greater risk of:
• getting acute respiratory infections
• the infection lasting longer
• the infection being more serious than it would be for someone who does not smoke.

People, including children, exposed to second-hand smoke are also at increased risk. It is therefore essential that parents and carers do not smoke in their homes or cars to protect the people around them from harm.

To support, people in Slough can access the local Stop Smoking Service. Specialist advisors are available by phone and online.
• call 0118 449 2026
• text QUIT to 66777
• use the Quit with Bella app: www.quitwithbella.co.uk
• by completing our online referral form directly from www.smokefreelifeberkshire.com

Dr Liz Brutus, Public Health Service Lead, said: “It is vital that we all do what we can to stay safe and healthy during this outbreak. Quitting smoking is one of the best things smokers can do to protect their own health and the health of those around them and minimise the impact of coronavirus. Our Stop Smoking Service will provide our residents with dedicated support and advice to reduce or stop smoking.”

For more information on giving up smoking visit: www.publichealthslough.co.uk/services/service/stop-smoking/