COVID-19 is changing the way we live our lives. Stop smoking today and you will see immediate health benefits. You will also be protecting those around you from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke including children and those who are vulnerable.
COVID-19 and smoking
Smoking tobacco damages your lungs and airways causing a range of severe respiratory problems. 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 it would be for someone who does not smoke.
We know that stopping smoking is hard but we are here to help you. 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 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.
Stop Smoking support in London
We know that stopping smoking can be hard, but you don’t have to do this on your own. We are here to help you throughout your stop smoking journey. You are more likely to stop smoking for good with the right support. In London, there’s lots of help available to give you the information, advice and encouragement that you need to give up cigarettes completely.
There are several options to choose from:
There are many reasons why you smoke, we call these your smoking triggers, different people will have different ones. They could be people, places, situations, your mood or just how you are feeling at the time. For example, at the current time many people may be feeling stressed, worried and anxious. These feelings can affect everyone and can be difficult to deal with. If you feel yourself struggling with your feelings the good thinking website has some great tips to help you.
Smokers have told us that they believe smoking helps to manage feelings of stress and anxiety, but it doesn’t. Nicotine can actually increase your feelings of anxiety. 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.