Smoking and COVID-19 risks

Posted on 24th March 2020

As stated by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock MP earlier this week: It is abundantly clear from the research into previous coronaviruses that smoking makes the impact of a coronavirus worse.”

 Smoking harm the immune system, reducing the bodies’ natural protection against infections, like coronavirus. Smokers are therefore at greater risk of:

  • getting acute respiratory infections
  • the infection lasting longer
  • the infection being more serious than it would be for someone who does not smoke

These risks are also greater for people exposed to secondhand smoke, including children. It is therefore important to be sharing clear messages about the need to not smoke in the home.


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