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The message remains, "Quit for Covid"

Updated: Oct 9, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, many GPs across the country are urging smokers to ‘Quit for Covid’ – you may also have seen this campaign on Twitter – and there are many reasons why this is a very good idea.

Coronavirus is a respiratory virus which means that it affects the lungs, causing them to become inflamed and fill with fluid, leading to breathing difficulties. It can also cause acute respiratory distress syndrome or ARDS. Sepsis is a complication of Covid-19 that can also cause lasting harm to the lungs and other organs too.

Coronavirus causes acute respiratory inflammation

Of course, smoking also damages the lungs and additionally weakens the immune system, meaning that smokers are more susceptible to a range of illnesses and also have an increased risk of developing complications if they do have Covid-19 - smoking has been seen to be associated with worse outcomes in those admitted to hospital with the disease.

As people are being forced to spend more time indoors, this means that there is a higher risk of second-hand smoke that can particularly affect children and those with existing health conditions. Practical aspects of smoking too can put you at an increased risk of contracting the virus, for example the constant hand-to-face contact and the temptation to pop out to the shops for another packet of cigarettes when things get too much in the lockdown home.

Currently, and rightly so, we are being encouraged to clap for carers on a Thursday evening, and ‘protect the NHS’ for the precious and invaluable service it is, so it is worth remembering that smokers are more likely to need the NHS for reasons other than Covid-19, including heart attacks, strokes, cancer etc, so choosing this time to quit smoking would be ideal to protect not only yourself and those around you, but our fantastic NHS as well.

Protect the NHS

The good news is that there have been reports that over 300,000 smokers have quit since the start of the pandemic. Figures from YouGov and ASH (Action for Smoking and Health) also show that 550,000 have tried to quit, and a massive 2.4 million have cut down the amount they smoke. If you have tried quitting before, or believe that now really is the time to stop for good, Acetium can really help. Because you take an Acetium lozenge every time you smoke a cigarette, and it immediately starts working to not only protect you from the main carcinogen in tobacco smoke but also to change the perception you have of the enjoyment of smoking, you don’t have the stress of a big change to your usual routine or the shock of going ‘cold turkey’. Rather, you can relax in the knowledge that this innovative quitting aid is working in the background to help reduce your cravings for cigarettes and nicotine, and slowly weaning you off until you find that you really don’t have the desire to smoke anymore (which tends to happen over about 3 – 6 months but has happened in a matter of weeks for some people).

Free from smoking

With so much focus on the pandemic right now, you may or may not be aware that, in addition to helping thousands of people quit smoking and therefore improve their chances of staying healthy, Biohit, the company behind Acetium, are joining the fight against coronavirus by supplying much needed diagnostic tests to the healthcare market. From laboratory tests for both the antibody and the antigen, to a novel test that looks for the virus in stool samples in an attempt to create a much more robust testing and surveillance program, the company are helping to not only identify those who have the virus and need treatment but also to protect others from ever getting the disease – both via diagnostic tests and Acetium itself.

If you are convinced that now is the time to quit, do check out the Acetium website and in particular the support section for tips to help you.

Good luck and stay healthy!!



How to quit

If you’ve tried quitting before, you’ll know how hard it can be. Our research shows that on average UK smokers have tried quitting five times.

Acetium is a completely new way to quit smoking. The nicotine-free lozenge works effectively to help you quit smoking while smoking, enabling you to keep stress levels in check and decrease nicotine addiction step-by-step, gradually reducing the pleasure of the smoking experience so that you stop for good.

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