Support your local NHS in Hackney by stopping smoking.
The World Health Organisation and Public Health England have warned that smokers with COVID-19 are 14 times more likely to develop severe symptoms, as the virus attacks the respiratory system.
Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement at Public Health England (PHE) said: “In light of this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, there has never been a more important time to stop smoking. Not only for your own health but to protect those around you. It will also help alleviate the huge pressures on the NHS.”
Smokefree Hackney is your local NHS stop smoking service, and they are continuing their work to help smokers quit during the pandemic. As they cannot currently see smokers in person they are running telephone and email support and advice sessions and arranging to supply stop smoking medications via local pharmacys.
Online support is also available in a national #QuitforCovid daily clinic on twitter between 7.30-8.30pm where you can ask an experienced advisor for information and guidance.
Last year Smokefree Hackney helped over 1000 people who live, work, or study in Hackney to stop smoking for good. Previous Quitters say that they found the help provided by the service made all the difference
Hackney Central resident Ricky Stallard said: “I smoked about 20-25 cigarettes a day, sometimes more if I was stressed at work or when I was bored, which I didn’t even realise until I had my first session with the Stop Smoking Advisor, which was a surprise. I decided to quit when I started to think, this is a bit of a dirty habit, standing in a corner desperate to smoke, and it’s costing me money that I don’t want to waste anymore. The advisor listens to you and helps you come up with a plan that works for you. I’m really glad I went in and had that talk in the first place. I look at people smoking now and I think ‘Oh mate, you need to pack it in!”
You can find online support about stopping smoking and COVID-19, including why smoking damages your lungs and weakens your immune system.
Smoking makes it more likely that you will have complications if you get sick and that it will take you longer to recover. Smoking of any kind, not just cigarettes, but shisha, cannabis or any other substances will also increase your risks.