SMOKERS are urged to put away their cigarettes for coronavirus by Slough Borough Council.

The council, as well as health professionals, are calling smokers to stop smoking and join the #QuitforCovid movement as they are at greater risk of getting COVID-19 due to harmed immune systems, according to the government.

In an announcement made by the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, he said: “It is abundantly clear that smoking makes the impact of coronavirus worse.”

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Infections can last longer and be more serious for smokers as their immune systems will be damaged from smoking, reducing their bodies natural protection against infections, like coronavirus.

Children and people exposed to second-hand smoke are also at risk and Slough Borough Council calls for parents and carers to not smoke in their homes or cars to not cause harm for the people around them.

For support, people in Slough can access the local Stop Smoking Service. Specialist advisors are available by phone and online.

  • call 0118 449 2026
  • text QUIT to 66777
  • use the Quit with Bella app:
  • by completing our online referral form directly from

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Dr Liz Brutus, Public Health Service lead, said: “It is vital that we all do what we can to stay safe and healthy during this outbreak.

“Quitting smoking is one of the best things smokers can do to protect their own health and the health of those around them and minimise the impact of coronavirus.

“Our Stop Smoking Service will provide our residents with dedicated support and advice to reduce or stop smoking.”

For more information on giving up smoking visit: