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Quit smoking for coronavirus

There’s never been a better time to quit smoking.

Stopping smoking is one of the most important things you can do for your health. No matter how long you’ve smoked, if you give up smoking you’ll reduce your risk of developing a range of diseases. If you’ve been thinking about quitting, now’s a great time to try.

Don’t quit quitting

This is stressful and fear-filled time for many of us. We want to encourage you, quitting smoking is the best decision you can make right now. Smoking damages your lungs and lowers your immune system meaning it’s harder to fight off respiratory infections such as coronavirus. By giving up the cigarettes, you’re giving your lungs a chance to repair, increasing the likelihood of a quicker recovery. If smokers catch coronavirus, they may be more likely to experience a more severe infection compared to non-smokers.

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Protect your household

You’re helping to protect your family and loved ones from second-hand smoke, reducing their chance of related complications too. Smokers who are self-isolating and are unable to go outside should seek to use alternatives such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or e-cigarettes. Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of complications from respiratory infections. 

One of the most effective ways to quit smoking is by using medication such as Champix along with 12 weeks of advice, support and encouragement from a local health professional. Depending on where you live, we can connect you to a local pharmacist or GP for 1:1 support to stop smoking. These sessions are free, and also include stop smoking medication, such as Champix or NRT, whichever you prefer, to help relieve your cravings. 

FREE NRT packs for smokers in Dorset

We’re providing 8-10 weeks of NRT (nicotine replacement therapy patches and gum) free of charge to help smokers quit smoking. Stopping smoking brings immediate health benefits particularly to the heart and lungs. Reduce your likelihood of added complications from coronavirus. 


Congratulations, and thank you for committing to make this the time you quit for good. We applaud you! We’re cheering you on! You’re not alone. We’re here for you. We will provide you with telephone coaching from our stop-smoke coaches.

Smokers who register for our smoking cessation support will be able to choose one of three different options available for smokers who would like support to quit smoking:

  • 6 x 30-minute telephone coaching sessions with your dedicated smoking cessation coach
  • 6 x 30-minute telephone coaching sessions with a dedicated smoking cessation coach AND 8-10 weeks of funded NRT
  • Regular email support with a dedicated smoking cessation coach and a 30-minute call four weeks after your quit date AND 8-10 weeks of funded NRT

Our coaching sessions will help you to become smoke-free by supporting you to identify the things you think are preventing you from quitting and working out how you can overcome them. You will also be encouraged to set a quit date as part of your quit attempt.

Our smoking cessation coaches will work with you to work out the right strength of patch and gum for you and will run through how to use each product you are sent. 24-hour patches and gum are on offer for clients who require it to help them quit and will be sent directly to your home from us. 

Start your stop-smoke journey

If you are new to LiveWell Dorset, welcome. We support adults in Dorset to take steps to a happier and healthier life. Our free advice and coaching is provided by your council.

Pick up the phone if there’s anything we can do to support you. You can call us on freephone 0800 840 1628. Register to receive our support. Once you’ve registered we’ll call to discuss your stop-smoke plan.


How does this work?

The tailored approach LiveWell Dorset uses to come up with solutions to the things that are stopping us achieving our goals, is based upon work done by University College London developing the COM-B model of behaviour change. In this model, all behaviour is influenced by understanding a person’s capability to change, their opportunity to change and their motivation to change. By understanding which of these is the biggest barrier to change, we can tailor support accordingly. This model of behaviour change is at the centre of the support we offer, online and in person.

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