Our advisor Alyson has taken time to explain a little bit about why stopping smoking during COVID-19 is even more important for your health and how the One You Plymouth team can help you to become Smoke Free.
Why quit now?
COVID-19 is a virus that attacks the lungs and emerging data suggests that current smokers will have worst outcomes from COVID-19 due to pre-existing lung damage. COVID-19 binds to cells in the lungs as it enters the body, which in severe cases, can eventually make it more and more difficult to breath. Additional oxygen obstructers such as smoking, reduces oxygen delivery to the lungs, adding to the breathing difficulty. Smoking is now being shown to be likely to make COVID-19 symptoms much worse.
Smokers are also much more likely to have pre-exisiting conditions and there is also the increased in transmission risk due to the frequent hand to mouth behaviour.
We’re here to help, whether you are just starting your quit attempt, concerned about relapse or if you have already started again and would like to get back on track.
How can One You Plymouth help you?
Since COVID-19 we have all had to adjust our working practices to stop the spread of the disease. All our support is now offered either by phone, video call or digitally to make sure we keep you safe and protected. We can help you get appropriate medication (NRT or Champix if required) and can help you successfully navigate the psychological, behavioural and physical sides of nicotine dependence.We are available to support you when you need it and we committed to helping you become or stay smoke free.
You can call the team on 01752 437177 anytime and our advisors can offer support Monday-Friday 8am -6pm. Give us a call today, it might make all the difference!
Alyson (Specialist Health Improvement Practitioner)
Royal Society for Public Health, n.d. Guest Blog; Covid 19 related stress and social isolation: Risk of millions relapsing to smoking worldwide, viewed 22 April 2020, https://www.rsph.org.uk/about-us/news/covid-19-related-stress-and-social-isolation-risk-of-millions-relapsing-back-to-smoking-worldwide.html