Why quit? 

COVID-19 and Smoking: What you need to know

If you smoke, now is the time to quit, to help you stay healthy and out of hospital. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory infection, which can affect the heart and the lungs. Smoking damages your lungs, which can put you at greater risk of developing severe diseases from COVID-19. For help to stop smoking visit: Be Healthy Bucks.

Quitting is the best thing you'll ever do. It can make a drastic improvement to your lifestyle and health in ways you might not expect. Once you stop smoking, some of the benefits are immediate and some are longer-term. On average, cigarette smokers die 10 years younger than non-smokers.

Find out why now is the right time to quit

  • You will save money - Use this cost calculator to find out how much: https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree/why-quit/cost-calculator
  • Your sense of taste will return and you will enjoy the taste of food more
  • Your breathing and general fitness will improve
  • The appearance of your skin and teeth will improve
  • You'll be more confident in social situations because you won't smell of stale smoke any more
  • You will protect the health of those around you by not exposing them to second-hand smoke.

Pregnancy and Smoking

Quitting smoking is one of the best things you and your partner can do to help your baby develop healthily during pregnancy and beyond.

We know that it can be difficult to stop smoking. But we also know that you want to give your baby the best possible start in life.

The risks of smoking during pregnancy are serious. From premature delivery to increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth or sudden infant death. No matter what stage you're at in your pregnancy, it's never too late to stop smoking.

Last reviewed: 04/04/2023