Smokers can #QuitForCovid with Get Healthy Rotherham

Get Healthy Rotherham are echoing Government advice to stop smoking to help reduce the risks of COVID-19, and are continuing to offer FREE support to help local smokers to quit.

Speaking in the Commons last week, in response to a question from Bob Blackman MP Chair of the APPG on Smoking and Health, Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock said: “It is abundantly clear from the research into previous coronaviruses that smoking makes the impact of a coronavirus worse.” Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer, has also advised: “If you are going to give up smoking, this is a very good moment to do it.”

Despite the current situation regarding the coronavirus, we are still offering our free smoking cessation programme to people aged over 18 living in Rotherham. The programme includes weekly telephone support and free stop smoking products, including Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).

Jacqui Reddick, Get Healthy Rotherham Service Manager, said: “It is always a good time to stop smoking but now is an especially good time to quit, as research and advice from many health professionals highlights that smoking can worsen the effects of a coronavirus.  Evidence shows that smoking reduces the body’s ability to fight an infection, and as such is a significant risk factor in all infections, including coronavirus infections. 

Due to the current restrictions, our team are now working remotely in order to support our clients as safely as possible. For the time being, we are offering expert advice through weekly telephone support and via the local mail and pharmacy services, and we endeavour to continue to provide this service throughout this period.”

Anyone interested in stopping smoking can self-refer via this website or you can call us on 01709 718720 (lines open 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am - 2pm every Saturday). For additional information about stop smoking support and #QuitForCovid visit www.todayistheday.co.uk