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Smokers urged to quit for COVID

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Smokers in Dudley borough are being urged to quit to help protect themselves and others during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dudley Council’s public health team are reminding people of the support available to help smokers quit in Dudley, during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Smoking can lead to a weaker immune system, therefore putting people at greater risk of developing a severe complication from the COVID-19 virus.

Those around them exposed to second hand smoke, including children, are also at an increased risk.

In Dudley, there are lots of free stop smoking services available including, ‘over the phone’ appointments with Wellness coaches, Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products through the post, and the ‘Quit With Bella’ app - the Stop Smoking robo-coach.

To access the local services, residents can call the Let’s Get Healthy Dudley team on 01384 732402 or visit: https://lets-get.com/healthy-lifestyles/stop-smoking/ for more information.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said:

Now more than ever, smokers should consider quitting for their health, and the health benefits to those around them.
Quitting smoking will also help alleviate pressure on the NHS at a time where there is unprecedented strain on the service.
I would encourage residents, especially those who are considered vulnerable, to contact the stop smoking services in Dudley for support, you are not alone and we can help

Nationally, the #QuitForCovid campaign – www.todayistheday.co.uk encourages smokers to quit together sharing their stories online, the website also offers information and support. There is also a Twitter clinic every day at 7.30-8.30pm where people can put their questions to leading cessation expert Louise Ross. People can join in at www.twitter.com/quitforcovid using the hashtag #QuitforCovid.

For additional advice on how people can protect themselves and their families from coronavirus visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus. For further information and guidance, please also visit the council’s own coronavirus pages at www.dudley.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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