New call for Hartlepool smokers to quit amid long Covid link

Health campaigners aim to inspire hundreds of people in Hartlepool to quit smoking this summer – after medical study linked the habit with long Covid.

Friday, 2nd July 2021, 6:13 pm

North East anti-smoking group Fresh says a new study into long Covid found smoking to be one of the factors linked to a higher chance of experiencing long-lasting symptoms.

It is urging smokers to use the summer to get help – from their local pharmacy, GP or online – to quit.

Ailsa Rutter, director of Fresh, said: “We know that some smokers can feel pessimistic about their chances of success but there is so much to be gained from quitting.

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Ailsa Rutter, director of anti-smoking campaign group Fresh.

“Last year an incredible two out of five smokers in the North East took a positive step towards quitting as a result of seeing the Don’t Wait campaign. This is why we are running these important messages for smokers again this summer.

“Smoking is still one of our biggest causes of death, disease, hospital admissions and health inequalities in the North East, killing 15 people a day.

"It is vital we encourage every smoker to do something amazing, keep trying and make 2021 the year to quit smoking.”

Respiratory consultant Ruth Sharrock said: “If you smoke the single most important thing you can do to improve your health and extend your life expectancy is to stop. Even if you have quit before, just keep trying until you succeed.

“The benefits of quitting are real and it is never too late.”

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