Our policy on tobacco use cessation in health services

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The #QuitforCovid campaign launched in early 2020 in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. COVID-19 is a new illness caused by a virus that can affect people’s lungs and airways. Symptoms of COVID-19 include a cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath. There are some groups of people who may be more at risk of serious illness if they catch coronavirus, including older people, people with long term health conditions and people who are immunosuppressed. Emerging evidence suggests people who smoke are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection.

If you or someone you know wants to stop smoking, there are a range of tools available to support you. Visit the NHS Smokefree website to find out more.

Tobacco use remains the biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK and is also one of the biggest causes of all preventable illness and avoidable death. 
Tobacco is estimated to cost the NHS around £2.4 billion a year in England alone. To reduce the impact of tobacco across the UK, people must be supported to stop using tobacco. 

The health service has a critical role to play in supporting people to stop using tobacco. People who smoke or use other tobacco products pass through the health system more regularly. Supporting people in not using tobacco helps to prevent diseases from occurring. In many instances it is also an effective and cost-effective treatment for existing conditions. 

Cancer Research UK want to see community, primary and secondary health services across the UK routinely identify and treat people who smoke or use tobacco.

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