There has never been a better time to kick start your health.
Quit smoking today and you will see immediate health benefits. You will also be protecting those around you from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.
COVID-19 and smoking
Smoking tobacco damages your lungs and airways. It also harms your immune system. This means smokers are more at risk from getting acute respiratory infections, these lasting longer and being more serious than for someone who doesn't smoke.
Quitting will help you to stay healthy and it may also reduce the risk of developing serious health problems should you get COVID-19.
Expert advice remains that the best thing a smoker can do for their current and future health is to quit, and to quit now.
Stop Smoking support in London
We know that stopping smoking can be hard, but you don’t have to do this on your own. There’s lots of support available to give you the help you need to give up cigarettes. You are more likely to stop smoking for good with the right support.
There are many reasons why you smoke, we call these your smoking triggers, different people will have different ones. For example, at the current time people may be feeling stressed, worried and anxious and this can be difficult to deal with.
When you know what your smoking triggers are you can understand the best way to avoid them or find ways to manage them, this will help you to succeed and quit smoking for good.
This article looks at how quitting smoking may benefit your immune system. However, to reduce your chances of getting COVID-19 the most important thing that you can do is to follow the current government guidance which is: Roadmap out of lockdown. You should follow this guidance.
Stop smoking now and see health benefits straight away
It doesn’t matter how long you've been smoking for or how many cigarettes you smoke a day, stopping smoking now will not only be good for your long-term health, but you will also see immediate health benefits.
Within 20 minutes your blood pressure drops to the level it was before the last cigarette.
Within 8 hours the carbon monoxide levels in your blood return to normal.
Within 24 hours your chance of a heart attack decreases.
Within 2 weeks to 3 months your circulation improves and lung function increases.
Within 1 to 9 months your lungs regain normal ciliary function, reducing infection risk.
By 10 years the risk of lung cancer is approximately half of a smoker. The risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, bladder, kidney and pancreas also decrease.
What can I do to help stop the spread of COVID-19?
To see up to date information on the coronavirus please visit the covid-19 page on NHS.UK or the information on gov.uk
Below is a list of useful external links to websites or resources that you may find helpful on your stop smoking journey