Smoking and increased risks associated with COVID-19
Evidence has been published that indicates people who smoke are at significantly increased risk of contracting COVID-19. They are also more likely to have severe symptoms and 2-3 times more likely to be admitted to intensive care, need mechanical ventilation or die compared to non-smokers. Please see full details on the http://www.tobaccoinduceddiseases.org/COVID-19-and-smoking-A-systematic-review-of-the-evidence,119324,0,2.html
NHS Stop Smoking Advisors through out UK are urged to identify ALL SMOKERS and give brief intervention advice on the increased risks of smoking and COVID-19. Advisors are prompted to prioritise the over 70s or those who have organ transplants, diabetes, treatment for cancer, the immunosuppressed, those who have respiratory or cardiac disease or are pregnant.
Smokers can now get help at home at stopsmokingclinic.co.uk