Last updated: 19 Jun, 2020

You can use the resources on this page to promote tobacco prevention during the coronavirus pandemic.

HOW TO REDUCE RISK OF INFECTION: 

Victorians should act now to reduce the risk of infection from coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The situation is changing rapidly so please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website regularly for updated information.

For current measures on physical distancing visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

 

About tobacco and coronavirus

  • Overall, the best thing you can do for your health is to stop smoking.
  • People who smoke are generally at higher risk of respiratory tract infections, like lung and chest infections. There is growing evidence that people who smoke may be at higher risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its complications.
  • People with poor lung health and other conditions like cardiovascular disease and cancer (which can be caused by smoking) may also be at higher risk of complications if they do become infected with the virus.
  • It’s important to remember stopping smoking has many health benefits, even beyond a link with Coronavirus, so it’s always a good time to quit. Quitline is free and available to offer support.

 

For more information about tobacco and coronavirus, please visit: https://www.quit.org.au/articles/faqs-coronavirus-covid-19-and-smoking/

For support to quit smoking, please visit: https://www.quit.org.au/