Redbridge

Covid-19 and Smoking


Am I at greater risk from Covid-19 if I smoke and how?

Yes, Coronavirus attacks the lungs and respiratory system. If you smoke, you are more vulnerable to serious infection with coronavirus because the lungs are already weakened.

We have small brush like hairs in the airways called Cilia which move mucous, inhaled debris and potentially infectious agents out of the airways and lungs. The chemicals from cigarettes have two serious effects on these cilia. Firstly, they reduce the cilia movement, meaning it is harder to move mucous out of the lungs and secondly, over time, prolonged inhaled smoke kills these cilia, drastically increasing the risk of infection.

On top of this, smoking suppresses the immune system and weakens your body’s natural defences to fight infections like Coronavirus.

Will my smoking affect others, does passive smoking increase the risk?

Yes. Every cigarette contains over 4,000 chemicals. People who breath in second-hand smoke on a regular basis are more likely to get the same diseases as smokers, meaning they are also at risk from corona. Children who live in a smoky house are at a higher risk of breathing problems and asthma which are both in the high-risk category for corona. 

Is there anything that can help myself and those around me?

Giving up smoking can help!

Lung defences can start to heal within days of giving up smoking. Research in the journal Nature shows that lungs have a “magical” ability to repair some of the damage caused by smoking if you stop smoking completely.

According to Science Media Centre, stopping smoking, even for 24 hours, is seen to have a huge improvement on the function of the remaining cilia. The longer you stop smoking the greater your recovery.

It is worth quitting.

How can I quit?

If you’re concerned about smoking and being at greater risk, then this is your moment to quit, call 0333 005 0095.

We provide 6 weeks of sessions with dedicated practitioners who will give you tips on how to quit. At the moment sessions are digitial or over the phone. 

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Digital and Telephone Stop Smoking Sessions

Our stop smoking practitioners will support you to quit once and for all. They can provide ongoing support via the telephone or digitally.

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Stop Smoking Virtual Sessions

If you are worried about Covid-19 and trying to quit smoking to reduce the risk, we can help you by providing virtual stop-smoking sessions.

I have learned I can live without cigarettes

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Smokers with Covid-19 are 14 times more likely to develop severe disease

Gov UK recently released a study from China that shows the impact of Covid-19 on smokers and the people around them who are exposed to the second-hand smoke.

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Covid-19 and Smoking

Are you at greater risk from Covid-19 if you smoke?

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Digital and Telephone Stop Smoking Sessions

Our stop smoking practitioners will support you to quit once and for all. They can provide ongoing support via the telephone or digitally.

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Stop Smoking Virtual Sessions

If you are worried about Covid-19 and trying to quit smoking to reduce the risk, we can help you by providing virtual stop-smoking sessions.

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Stop Smoking Event – Today!

Today is Stop Smoking day (11th of March 2020) and, to celebrate, we will be at the Exchange on the High Road today.

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No Butts Just Quit

It is never too late to quit and now is the time. You may have tried before, and maybe you didn’t succeed, but don’t give up! According to recent research you are three times more likely to stop smoking if you get help.

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Smoking Causes House Fires

Careless disposal of cigarettes is the single biggest killer in house fires and totally avoidable. Here is the best advice on how to avoid a house fire:

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Things that Can Increase your Risk of Getting Ovarian Cancer

Although the exact cause for ovarian cancer is unknown, there are some things that increase the risk of developing it:

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Come and Meet us outside the Exchange on the High Road - 11.03.2020

To celebrate No Smoking Day on the 11th of March 2020, Everyone Health Redbridge will have a stop zone in Ilford Town Centre. Come and meet us.

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What is the cost Smoking?

As we approach national No Smoking Day on the 11th March – we ask just what is the cost of smoking?

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Is Smoking Killing Your Pet?

We’ve all heard of passive smoking, the effects that cigarette smoke has on everyone in the area. But what about pets?

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No Womb for Smoking

Protecting your baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do to give your child a healthy start in life. Every cigarette contains 4,000 chemicals which can have negative affects during pregnancy and after birth.

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Get Your Love Island Date – Quit Smoking

Love Island is almost over. A new couple will be crowned winner this Sunday (23 February 2020). Here are some of the reasons you should make like Love Island and ban yourself from smoking in order to impress your date.

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Smoke-Damaged Lungs Can Heal

If you’ve tried to quit smoking before but couldn’t find the motivation scientists have just found the ultimate reason. Research in the journal Nature shows that lungs have a “magical” ability to repair some of the damage caused by smoking if you stop smoking completely.

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Will you be standing to attention this Valentine's Day?

It’s Valentine’s day, you take your partner for a magical date, you buy the perfect gift and then you get home with plans to take their breath away… But hard is the truth, smoking can cause issues such as a lack of sexual desire even in men as young as 20.

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Stoptober 2019

Stoptober is returning to encourage smokers across England to make a successful quit attempt during October!

Events
Disability Festival

Everyone Health Redbridge Stop Smoking team attended the Disability Awareness Day Festival on Christchurch Green, High Street, Wanstead to raise awareness of the new service available to the people of Redbridge.

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Young people and smoking

People start smoking for many different reasons. Some people start because they're curious, because their mates smoke, or they're bored.

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Smoking in Pregnancy

Now that you're pregnant, quitting smoking has never been more important for both you and your baby. The Redbridge Stop Smoking Service has a team of specialist stop smoking advisors who can help you make the change.

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Going Smoke Free

Deciding to go smoke free can have a positive impact on your health, your life and your standard of living, and it can also benefit your friends and family.

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E-cigarettes

An estimated 2.9 million adults in Great Britain currently use electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and of these 1.5 million people have completely stopped smoking cigarettes.

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Ways to quit

Whether you quit smoking using traditional medication or an e-cigarette, evidence shows that you have a much better chance of quitting with the support of your stop smoking service.