If you smoke, you are putting yourself and those around you at greater risk of developing severe disease from the COVID-19 virus. Children in particular are affected by second-hand smoke.
Smoking causes damage to the lungs and airways which leads to a range of severe respiratory problems. The evidence clearly shows that the COVID-19 virus attacks the respiratory system, which explains why smokers are at greater risk of developing complications if they contract COVID-19.
In addition, the repetitive hand to mouth movement provides an easy route of entry for the virus, putting smokers at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.
There has never been a more important time to stop smoking. Not only for your own health but to protect those around you.
It is never too late to quit, no matter your age. If you quit today:
- after 48 hours carbon monoxide is eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris
- after 72 hours breathing becomes easier as bronchial tubes begin to relax
- after 2 to 12 weeks blood circulation improves, making physical activity like walking and running easier
To help reduce your risk of contracting the virus and developing severe disease from coronavirus contact your local Stop Smoking Service Quit4You on 642404 or visit gov.im/quit4you to access free advice and support on how you can best stop smoking.