Smoking & Covid-19
The World Health Organization (WHO) has found that smokers are more likely to develop severe disease from COVID-19 than non-smokers, and in hospitalised patients with COVID-19, smoking was also associated with increased severity of illness and death.
It is an important time to consider giving up smoking, not only to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, but also to reduce the risk of severe disease associated with the infection.
The PHA commission approximately 600 specialist ‘Stop Smoking’ services across Northern Ireland, and smokers can access these services via a range of local settings including GP practices, pharmacies, hospitals, and community or voluntary groups. These services are specifically designed for smokers who are motivated and ready to quit, and who are prepared to set a quit date. Start your journey to a smoke free life today.