Prevent Your Smoker’s Cough From Becoming A Covid-Cough - Quit Smoking This Stoptober

9 October 2020 11:16am

To help prevent your smoker’s cough becoming a Covid-cough, health bosses at Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are urging smokers across the county to quit smoking this Stoptober.

According to Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)[1], more than one million people have stopped smoking since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country.

The annual Stoptober campaign, which runs throughout October, encourages smokers to cut the habit for 28 days. Evidence shows if you make it to 28 days smoke-free, you’re five times more likely to quit for good.

Smoking causes damage to the lungs and airways and harms the immune system, reducing your ability to fight infection. Smoking also involves repetitive hand-to-face movements which increases the risk of viruses, such as COVID-19, entering the body.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCGs, said: “With the winter flu season on its way and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the perfect time to quit and prevent your smoker’s cough becoming a Covid-cough.

“People who smoke are more at risk of contracting COVID-19 and experiencing more severe outcomes. If you are thinking of giving up smoking, now really is the best time to stop.

“Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do to improve your health, even if you have an existing smoking-related disease. It’s never too late to stop.

“You don’t have to rely on willpower alone to stop smoking. There is support available to help you, and with the right support you can boost your chances of success by up to three times.”

Stopping smoking is easier if people in your life support you. Let them know you are planning to quit so they can help you.

If you are tempted to smoke, have a plan in place ready. Keep cravings at bay by keeping busy and consider taking up exercise.

Aids such as replacement products reduce tobacco withdrawal symptoms and can help you quit and stay smoke free.

There are lots of free tools and resources available to help you quit smoking, such as the https://smokefree.gov/and https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/quit-smoking/websites. Online tools, such as the NHS Stoptober App, can help you quit smoking and track your progress.

If you need additional help or advice about stopping smoking you can also contact your GP.

[1]https://ash.org.uk/media-and-news/press-releases-media-and-news/pandemicmillion/