British Army going smoke free in 2022.

The British Army has announced it is going smoke free at all its bases by December 2022. This move is in support of the government’s initiative to reduce the number of smokers in the UK.

Although smoking has been part of its culture for decades, the army recognises that its staff are becoming more health conscious and are offering them support to help with quitting. The aim is to not only support smokers with quitting but also encouraging people not to start by introducing education about the benefits of quitting and the effects of second hand smoke.

COVID-19 and smoking

Research published recently showed that those who smoke are more likely to be admitted to hospital compared to non smokers.

The research looked at thousands of medical records, test results, death certificates and hospital admission information to examine the link between smoking and the severity of COVID-19 symptoms.

Smokers were found to be 80% more likely to be admitted to hospital compared to non smokers and significantly more likely to die from COVID-19.

Dr Ashley Clift, the study lead, said: “Our results strongly suggest that smoking is related to your risk of getting severe Covid, and just as smoking affects your risk of heart disease, different cancers, and all those other conditions we know smoking is linked to, it appears that it’s the same for Covid. So now might be as good a time as any to quit cigarettes and quit smoking.”

 

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