A higher risk of coronavirus may be a new motivation to quit smoking

Quitting smoking is perhaps even more important today than ever before: comprehensive studies have shown that smokers have a much higher risk of developing severe or critical COVID-19 disease and are more likely to be exposed to a ventilator than non-smokers. However, it is not necessary to start the quitting process alone, the chances of success can even triple if you ask for help – call attention to “Live with a clean lung!” experts of the National Institute of Early Pulmonology within the framework of the campaign.

Although the spread of the epidemic has been reduced due to high vaccination rates and warmer weather, the coronavirus remains part of our everyday lives. This is even more the case for smokers who are even more at risk of viral infections due to the harmful effects of inhaled tobacco smoke and e-cigarette aerosols. Altered airway epithelial function due to regular smoking, impaired airway clearance, increased mucus production, impaired tissue, and altered immune responses all increase the risk of infection.

According to the latest studies, the chances of developing a severe or critical coronavirus infection in current smokers can be up to twice (+ 80-100%) compared to non-smokers, this rate is much more favorable for smokers, 30-35% higher. the likelihood of a serious or critical illness, as in non-smokers. In addition, even after a mild course of COVID-19 disease, more and more smokers are turning to the lungs with residual symptoms.

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Smoking cessation is an important public health priority, which is an even more pressing issue today due to the coronavirus epidemic, which also causes respiratory and respiratory diseases. The high risk of infection for smokers and the risk of developing a more serious condition may be an additional motivation to quit, which may be reinforced by the increased proportion of patients with a history of smoking in post-pandemic outpatient clinics. It is now possible to reach out to those who have not yet seen a clinic with quit advice. ” – are highlighted by the experts of the National Methodology Center for Smoking Cessation of the Korányi Institute.

The outcome of cessation support programs was determined by age (the younger the patient, the more effective the support), as well as the degree of nicotine dependence (number of years spent smoking and tobacco use) and the number and quality of appearances in counseling. For a successful long-term quit, it is essential for the smoker to change their lifestyle and see the personal benefits of quitting, and a longer-term behavioral and medication support program led and supervised by a professional can provide the greatest help.

Such programs are usually individual or group sessions of about four occasions, in which, in addition to motivating, counseling to change behavior plays an important role, and therapy can be supplemented with medication if needed. The free telephone cessation support program (06-80-44-20-44) of the National Institute for Early Pulmonology and the “Trouble? Not a single thread! ” telephone application called which also helps the smoker maintain motivation to quit and prevent relapse.

In addition an intensive behavior change support program is also available in specialist lung care facilities and health promotion offices, which deals with developing skills to overcome difficulties in a structured framework, applying solutions to prevent relapse, and designating a timed STOP day to help the participant on the road to smoke-free.

The National Institute of Early Pulmonology “Night with clean lungs!” The aim of the campaign is to make health – conscious, active smokers aware of the freedom that quitting smoking can bring them. It does all this by presenting life situations in which smokers themselves can find the intrinsic motivation to quit. A keFor more information on the initiative and successful exit programs, see www.eljtisztatudovel.hu can be found on the website.

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