Over the last few months, we have seen a significant spike in the number of people going to our website for information and support on smoking. We know that stress and anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may have made it harder for people to quit, so we want our communities to know we are here.
While it’s not certain that people who smoke are more likely to get COVID-19, we know that they are at a higher risk of getting respiratory infections in general. This means that it’s more likely than not that people who smoke have a higher risk of getting COVID-19 compared to people who don’t smoke.
No matter how long you have smoked, quitting will benefit your health in both the immediate and long-term future. It will also benefit the health of your family and friends and save you money. It’s never too late to stop smoking. The younger you are, and the sooner you stop, the better. Even smokers who quit at the age of 60 can reduce their chance of getting cancer and other diseases. We know it’s not easy, but we can help point you in the direction of the support you need.
Choose something that is safe and suits you. Stick with the tried and tested approaches and be very wary of methods or products that seem too good to be true. No matter what method you use, getting the support you need will improve your chances of success.
If you have any questions or concerns, call our Information and Support line on 13 11 20 or contact the Quitline on 13 78 48.
Take care and stay safe.
Alecia Brooks, Tobacco Control Unit Manager, Cancer Council NSW