There's never been a better time to quit
11 May 2020

We understand that these are worrying and stressful times for everyone.  We’re not used to being on lockdown, having to self-isolate on our own or with family, work from home with or without children and I’m sure lots of you are worrying about your finances too.

Some of you may find smoking a way to ease your stress and anxiety during this time but we would like you to please think about the risks associated to your health as a smoker if you get coronavirus.

It’s important that we maintain a healthy lifestyle during this time and there is emerging evidence highlighting the risks to smokers from COVID-19.  It’s understood that smokers could get more severe complications if they get infected with COVID-19

The World Health Organisation has warned that the hand-to-mouth action of smoking or sharing any type of tobacco or smoking product such as cigarettes, e-cigarettes or shisha –waterpipes could increase your risk of catching or spreading coronavirus.

The best thing you can do for your health is to stop smoking.  For information and advice on how to quit contact:

For Tameside residents

Be Well Tameside on telephone: 0161 716 2000 or email: bewelltameside@nhs.net  

You can also follow them on social media:

  • Facebook: Be Well Tameside;
  • Twitter: @BeWellTameside;
  • Instagram: bewell_tameside

For Glossop residents

Live Life Better Derbyshire on: 0800 085 2299 or 01629 538 200, or by email: llbd.info@derbyshire.gov.uk.

For stop smoking information - https://www.livelifebetterderbyshire.org.uk/services/stopping-smoking/stopping-smoking.aspx

Across Greater Manchester

There are also many stop smoking services across Greater Manchester now offering more support online and over the phone and many can even help you get nicotine replacement.

NHS Stop Smoking helpline for free on 0300 123 1044. Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm. Stop smoking services are an inclusive and safe space for all, including the LGBTIQA+ community.

If you’re pregnant and are supported by the midwifery unit at Tameside hospital, specialist support is available from our midwife-led stop smoking team – phone 0161 922 5989 Monday to Friday, text or phone 07342 079458 or email tga-tr.tameside.maternity.stopsmoking@nhs.net .  For smoking in pregnancy information visit https://www.gmhealthhub.org/smoking/smokingandpregnancy

For information on coronavirus and smoking visit https://www.gmhealthhub.org/smoking/coronavirus