People who smoke have a higher risk of:
- Respiratory disease
- Heart disease
- Vascular disease
- Range of cancers
People with these conditions have been classed as ‘high risk groups’ in the current COVID19 pandemic.
The evidence on smoking and coronavirus (COVID-19) is mixed and developing. On the available evidence, we advise:
- if you smoke, you generally have an increased risk of contracting respiratory infection and of more severe symptoms once infected. COVID-19 symptoms may, therefore, be more severe if you smoke
- stopping smoking will bring immediate benefits to your health, including if you have an existing smoking-related disease. This is particularly important for both you and for our NHS at a time of intense pressure on the health service
- e-cigarettes (vapes) can be an effective aid to stopping smoking and staying smokefree
- it is currently unknown what effect vaping may have on susceptibility to severe disease if you are infected with COVID-19
- for most people vaping remains significantly less harmful than smoking and it is very important that you avoid returning to smoking
More information on the COVID-19 advice for smokers can be found below:
We are encouraging all smokers to consider stop smoking and have a range of services available to help.
Support to stop smoking
Call the free NHS Grampian Healthline and speak to one of our trained advisors. They will be able to provide you advice, and support you with your quit.
Call: 08085 202030
Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm
Visit the national Quit Your Website
Second hand smoke
Advice from ASH Scotland:
“Exposure to secondhand smoke is also likely to exacerbate the risks from coronavirus, alongside the other harms it causes. Therefore, smokers who are self-isolating and are not able to go outside to smoke should seek alternatives such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) or e-cigarettes to protect the people around them from harm”
British Lung Foundation:
Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland: