Coronavirus: Yorkshire smokers offered virtual support

Coronavirus: Yorkshire smokers offered virtual support

Published by Lisa Darvill at 11:13am 26th May 2020.

Smokers in Yorkshire are being urged to quit by signing up to a new virtual support programme. 

  • The service is funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research and the NHS
  • It provides 12 weeks of personalised support
  • It involves video or telephone calls and free nicotine replacement therapies or e-cigarettes delivered directly to users
  • Evidence shows smokers are more at risk of developing life-threatening complications from Covid-19

The service, funded by Harrogate-based charity Yorkshire Cancer Research and delivered by NHS specialists, provides 12 weeks of support, including video or telephone calls and free nicotine replacement therapies or e-cigarettes delivered directly to those who take part.

Dr Kathryn Scott, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: 

"Lots of people want to stop smoking, but they’re not sure where to start. We want people to know they don’t have to go it alone.

"Evidence shows people are much more likely to quit for good with professional support. Our unique service is here to provide an extra helping hand and give people the best possible chance of success."

Yorkshire has the highest smoking rate in England, with more than 16% of people smoking. 

Each year, about 4,500 new cases of cancer in Yorkshire are linked to smoking, representing 15% of all cancers diagnosed. 

New evidence shows smokers are also more at risk of developing life-threatening complications from Covid-194.

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Yorkshire Cancer Research

 

A recent study by the UK arm of YouGov's international Covid-19 tracker and anti-smoking group Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) suggests more than 300,000 people in the UK may have quit smoking during the coronavirus crisis due to the risk of severe illness from the virus. 

However, a further study suggests millions of smokers are smoking more than they were before lockdown. 

Dr Scott added:

"There’s never been a better time to quit smoking. It remains the very best thing you can do for your long-term health and the health of those around you."

To register your interest in the Yorkshire Cancer Research Stop Smoking Support programme, visit www.bit.ly/YorkshireStopSmoking.