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Stub It. Stop It. Get COVID Fit. - 292/2020

April 24, 2020


Public Health Gibraltar is set to launch its new campaign CovidFit to ensure the community are best informed about the choices they make when isolating in their homes during these unprecedented times.

Smoke cessation will be the first topic in the series- Stub It. Stop It. Get COVID Fit.
This initiative follows on from key messages in recent statements by GHA ‘s Medical Director Dr Krishna Rawal on the importance of stopping smoking.

Smoking tobacco causes damage to the lungs and airways; Covid-19 attacks the respiratory system placing smokers at increased risk of severe illness and death. Emerging evidence from China shows smokers with COVID-19 are 14 times more likely to develop severe respiratory disease.

A crucial message from Public Health England is that if you smoke, you are not only putting yourself at greater risk of developing severe disease from the COVID-19 virus, but those around you exposed to second hand smoke, including children, are also put at increased risk.

Furthermore, the repetitive hand to mouth movement provides an easy route of entry for the virus, putting smokers at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.

Dr Sohail Bhatti, Director of Public Health stated, “If there was ever a time to give up this filthy habit, it is now. Save yourself from the misery of getting COVID-19 on top of damaged lungs. Even stopping for one week allows the remarkable healing power of lungs to recover and replenish its defences. If you find it too difficult, then use vaping. Save yourself from cancer, save yourself from bronchitis, save yourself from heart disease. Live to enjoy your grandchildren, and give yourselves the best chance of beating COVID-19.”

For employers who would like to support employee efforts to quit, please contact for a resource pack.

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