1. Stoptober - Dorset businesswoman quit 25-year smoking habit during lockdown

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    Video caption: Emma Friendship-Kilburn's delight at 'banishing' smoking habit.
  2. Newcastle's new outdoor cafes to be smoke-free

    Newcastle City Council is introducing a condition on new licences for cafes, pubs and restaurants with outdoor spaces to be 100% smoke free.

    The first of these new areas is being placed out on Grey Street this week.

    Councillor John-Paul Stephenson, cabinet member for environment and regulatory services, said: “We know how important it is that our hospitality trade has the space they need to be able to welcome customers back in a safe and socially distanced way, and we have been doing everything we can to support that.

    “But we also know that outdoor areas can easily become smoking areas, which is far from family friendly, and can create poisonous litter that harms our environment."


    Following ongoing discussions with the licensed trade Newcastle City Council received 87 expressions of interest in creating pavement cafes, with 29 quickly given highways approval.

  3. Doctor urges smokers to 'quit for Covid'

    A doctor at Wythenshawe Hospital has called on smokers in Greater Manchester to stop, saying non-smokers are less at risk of suffering serious complications from Covid-19.

    A woman lighting a cigarette

    Dr Matt Evison, who is a respiratory consultant, said that smoking can lead to poor lung health, or complicate existing lung conditions, which increases the chance of developing pneumonia.

    He said:

    Quote Message: It has always been the case that if you’re a smoker quitting is the best thing you can do for your health. And it’s even more important in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
    Quote Message: Stopping smoking not only benefits the health of the person who quits but has an impact on everyone they live with, especially now we’re all spending so much time in our homes.

    Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership has also launched a new campaign encouraging smokers to quit while in lockdown.

  4. Smokers more vulnerable if they catch coronavirus


    Smokers and vapers are more at risk if they catch coronavirus, experts have warned.

    The British Medical Journal also says smoking involves repetitive hand-to-face movements - which increases the likelihood of people touching their face.

    Speaking on Mornings with Kaye Adams, Dr Sandesh Gulhane explained smoking is an irritant on the lungs and can cause problems with airwaves narrowing.

    "Now is the time to quit," he added.