Smoking has long been shown to have severe health implications, including lung cancer. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is also becoming apparent that smoking may increase the severity of Covid-19 complications. In response to the current atmosphere it is truly a perfect time to quit. In addition, choosing to quit smoking now may:
- Save money in a time when resources are scarce and may be for awhile
- Protect your family
- Improve your own health so that you’re stronger in fighting off Covid-19 (smokers are at greater risk) and decrease severity if you do get it
This page is meant to compile cessation resources in one place. For University of Utah employees, tobacco cessation programming, services, and products are covered by the employee health plan through Regence.
Visit smokefree.gov to explore specific recommendations for veterans, women, teens, Spanish speaking, and people over 60 years old. This site also walks through the process of building a quit plan and showcases robust apps for quitting.
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to speak with a professional. They can help to set up an appointment with a Primary Care Physician, assist in filling any prescribed medications, and help with text messaging support!