COVID-19: advice for smokers and vapers

Advice for people who smoke or vape during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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This guidance has been withdrawn as it is no longer required. Information and advice on quitting smoking is available at the NHS quit smoking website.



People who smoke generally have an increased risk of contracting respiratory infection and of more severe symptoms once infected. Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms may therefore be more severe for smokers. This guidance advises how to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 for those who smoke or vape, and how to access support to stop smoking and remain smokefree.

Published 29 May 2020
Last updated 29 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance in line with most recent evidence review.

  2. First published.