Doctor urges smokers to 'quit for Covid'

A doctor at Wythenshawe Hospital has called on smokers in Greater Manchester to stop, saying non-smokers are less at risk of suffering serious complications from Covid-19.

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Dr Matt Evison, who is a respiratory consultant, said that smoking can lead to poor lung health, or complicate existing lung conditions, which increases the chance of developing pneumonia.

He said:

It has always been the case that if you’re a smoker quitting is the best thing you can do for your health. And it’s even more important in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Stopping smoking not only benefits the health of the person who quits but has an impact on everyone they live with, especially now we’re all spending so much time in our homes.

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership has also launched a new campaign encouraging smokers to quit while in lockdown.

Smokers more vulnerable if they catch coronavirus

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Smokers and vapers are more at risk if they catch coronavirus, experts have warned.

The British Medical Journal also says smoking involves repetitive hand-to-face movements - which increases the likelihood of people touching their face.

Speaking on Mornings with Kaye Adams, Dr Sandesh Gulhane explained smoking is an irritant on the lungs and can cause problems with airwaves narrowing.

"Now is the time to quit," he added.