Male smokers: Quit for Covid

03/04/20 . News

If you want to quit smoking, there's no time like the present.

Yes, people say that all the time but this time it is truer than ever. Research from China shows that men who smoke who contract Covid-19 are 14 times more likely to develop the serious forms of the disease.

Fourteen times. That is a massive difference and it's because both tobacco and Covid-19 attack the respiratory system. Two other factors for male smokers to bear in mind:

  • Men appear more likely both to catch and to die from Covid-19 than women, anyway
  • Smokers are more likely to catch the virus because smoking requires you to repeatedly touch hand to mouth.

In England, 16.4% of men were current smokers in 2018 (12.6% of women) compared with with 42% in 1980 (36% of women).

If you want help to quit smoking, here's the support you need:

 

The Men’s Health Forum need your support

It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. Especially during a major pandemic like Covid-19. So we’re asking.

Men appear more likely to get Covid-19 and far, far more likely to die from it. The Men's Health Forum are working hard pushing for more action on this from government, from health professionals and from all of us. Why are men more affected and what can we do about it? We need the data. We need the research. We need the action. Currently we're the only UK charity doing this - please help us.

Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.