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Smokers urged to consider impact of second-hand smoking in lockdown

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Smokers urged to consider impact of second-hand smoking in lockdown

Published by Lettie Buxton at 6:00am 27th April 2020. (Updated at 6:17am 27th April 2020)

Smokers in Surrey and Hampshire are being urged to think about the impact of second-hand smoking on those they are in lockdown with.

It comes as two free services - One You Surrey, funded by Surrey County Council, and Smokefree Hampshire, commissioned by Hampshire County Council - adapt face-to-face services so people can access support remotely.

One You Surrey, available to all those who either live, work, study or have a GP surgery registered in the county, are offering help by telephone and video-chat, while Smokefree Hampshire is giving support by phone and Quitline.

 

Barcley West, engagement officer at One You Surrey, told Eagle Radio said smoking could impact on the health of those they are living with:

"Some people may live in flats or in close spaces or even larger houses and if they smoke inside the house those who are living with them - they could be children or those who have existing health conditions - are particularly at risk as well.

"Those who are smoking should take every effort to protect them from exposure.

"People are making big health changes during the lockdown or during isolation, and this is the perfect opportunity.

"It [the service] is remote, it can be delivered straight to your door so it reduces all those concerns of going out.

"If not just for yourself to benefit, but for those around you."

As well as the health benefits of quitting, Barcley said giving up smoking can also boost finances, with people able to save up to £250 a month.

To contact One You Surrey call 01737 652168, or for Smokefree Hampshire phone 01264 563039 or text QUIT to 66777.