Important figures

According to Public Health England’s most recent figures, 129,044 people have tested positive to Coronavirus (see most up to date figures here). Over 18,000 tests are being carried out by the NHS each day and over 500,000  tests have been conducted in total. The government has initiated lockdown and more than 90% of people are following the given guidelines - but can we do more to prevent the virus from spreading?  Are you ready to make the switch?

Who is at risk?

Many smokers are being urged to quit now more than ever due to existing lung conditions or damage to the lungs and airways, which puts them at a much higher risk than non-smokers of developing the virus. With already weakened lungs, and the act of repeatedly using a cigarette, PHE believes extra measures must be made to strengthen the body’s natural defenses. Alongside this, Gan Quan, a public health specialist and director of International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, said: "The best thing the tobacco industry can do to fight COVID-19 is to immediately stop producing, marketing and selling tobacco." 

“Reducing smoking rates is the single biggest thing we can do to improve the nation’s health as it will reduce cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions and cancer, meaning people can live longer in better health.”  

Rosa O’Connor, an expert at Public Health England

While there have been some concerns regarding vaping and contracting COVID-19, PHE has stated that there is currently no evidence that the coronavirus can be spread via inhaling another person’s e-cigarette vapor.  

Safety measures

In Spain, Italy and Switzerland, all non-essential shops have been temporarily closed to prevent the spread – however, vape shops, supermarkets and pharmacies have been allowed to remain open during the pandemic. In England many vape shops have been closed, however online businesses are working extra hours while ensuring cleanliness and extra safety measures have been put in place, to allow customers to still receive orders. In addition to this, contact free deliveries by couriers are allowing customers of vape retailers and many more sectors to receive goods while keeping a safe distance. We believe, along with IBVTA, that it is paramount that ex-smokers are still able to access vaping products rather than be forced to return to smoking. 

Make the switch

So if you are thinking of making the switch to e-cigarettes for the health benefits during lockdown and beyond, there is help available without having to leave the safety of your home. In addition to this, as a thank you to the hard working emergency services, we are delighted to offer a 25% off discount for Blue Light Card holders buying e-liquid. To take advantage of our deal, upload a photo of your Blue Light Card to the Edit Account Information page (excludes bundles, DIY kits and quick picks). See our full T&Cs here.

Find NHS Smokefree advice here.