Last updated: 01 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.

 

Current measures on physical distancing:

  • The message people need to hear: if you can stay at home – you must stay at home.

  • The only five reasons you should leave home are: 

    • To shop for food and supplies,

    • To exercise or for recreation, 

    • For medical care (or to assist someone else with their care),

    • Or to go to work or study (if you can’t do this from home),

    • Visiting friends and family – if you really need to.

Some restrictions have been cautiously eased so people can look after their own and others’ health, wellbeing and social connection. From 11.59pm on Sunday 31 May Victorians  are able to:

  • Have up to 20 family and friends at your home. For example, if you are a household of five people, you can 15 visitors.

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to  20 people can happen for non-contact sport and recreation in public settings, such as National, State and public parks. The 20 person limit is inclusive of your household. That means for a family of five, you can be in a group with 15 people from outside your household.

  • Small gatherings of up to 20  people can occur at some indoor facilities such as places of worship and community centres – along with those required to run the facilities. The four-square metre rule applies in these settings.        

  •  And we must keep at least 1.5 metres from other people and practise good hand hygiene.  If you feel unwell, even if you have tested negative for coronavirus, you must stay home.

 

  

 

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/