Smoking is the single biggest preventable cause of premature death in the UK today.
Every year, over 100,000 people die from smoking related causes, killing 1 in every 2 long term users.
It is estimated that just over 40,000 Sunderland residents smoke and levels of smoking amongst children are higher than England as a whole.
Smoking and Covid-19
The latest advice to smokers and vapers from Public Health England (29 May 2020) is that if you smoke, you generally have an increased risk of contracting respiratory infections and of more severe symptoms once infected. Coronavirus symptoms may, therefore, be more severe if you smoke. Stopping smoking will bring immediate benefits to health, including if you have an existing smoking-related disease.
Lots of people have quit smoking in recent months and if you want to quit, there's lots of support available to help.
Sunderland NHS Specialist Stop Smoking Service offers free, friendly, confidential support and advice to help people who want to stop smoking. As well as providing specialist advice and support to quit, the service can offer telephone advice for those not wishing to access the specialist service. This includes signposting to other local community services and tips and tools to help with giving up. See Stop Smoking Sunderland or call 0800 169 9913.
For more information about smoking and COVID-19 see Today is the day.
If you would like further information, you may find the links below useful:
Find out how much smoking costs you, what the risks to yours and your family's health are, and why now is the right time to quit on the NHS website.
FRESH dedicated programme to tackle smoking in the North East.
NHS Smoke Free offers Quit Kits, face-to-face support, a mobile app, and email and text support.
NHS Choices offers lots of information on how to stop smoking and the benefits you'll enjoy.
ASH is a public health charity focused on eliminating the harm caused by tobacco.