There has been some suggestion in the media that e-cigarette use could increase risks from Covid-19. There is no clear evidence for this suggestion, and while we know smoking is a definite risk factor, we would continue to encourage smokers to think about switching to e-cigarettes to reduce their risk of respiratory infections.
ASH has been collaborating with partners to promote the message #QuitForCovid, and has published:
Fresh has produced two videos explaining the risks related to smoking and COVID-19 and sharing messages around encouraging smokers to quit:
- Video with Dr Nick Hopkinson, Reader in Respiratory Medicine at Imperial College London and Chair of ASH
- Video with Dr Ruth Sharrock, Respiratory Consultant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead
We are expecting further guidance on Covid-19 and smoking from Public Health England soon and will share any updates as soon as they become available.
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