COVID-19: Risk of millions relapsing back to smoking

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Published: 22 May 2020
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Dr Sudhanshu Patwardhan - Centre for Health Research and Education, Southampton, UK

Dr Sudhanshu Patwardhan speaks to ecancer about the risk of smoking relapse during the coronavirus pandemic.

He speaks about the effect that COVID-19 is having on mental health due to social isolation, anxiety, and quarantine, and how this may lead to people wanting to relapse into smoking habits.

Dr Patwardhan discusses why this is an urgent issue in the COVID-19 pandemic, and how policymakers and doctors can support these people.

He finalises by reiterating the high-risk and susceptibility of smokers to coronavirus.

Find a copy of their infographic on quitting smoking here.

Click to read the blog post, or research article in BJGP Open