Smoking is a major risk factor for most respiratory related infections. The early evidence in this area found that compared with non-smokers, smokers are more likely to develop serious COVID-19 disease. Recent studies also show that current smokers have been more likely to access various forms of smoking cessation assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. This offers an opportunity for Health Centers to offer smoking cessation services, referrals, and in-house psychological and pharmacological interventions. These two webinars will provide examples of cessation plans and resources that can be shared with patients trying to stop smoking.
• Review the connection between smoking and the susceptibility to COVID-19
• Examine the connection between smoking status and severity of COVID-19
• Provide a basic cessation plan Health Centers can use with any patient wanting to quit
• Discuss how COVID-19 has impacted Health Center's ability to provide cessation services and strategize solutions to know barriers
• Review, in detail, the COVID-19 Quit campaign from the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center and provide clinics with access to these materials
• Examine other resources Health Centers can use to promote cessation during the pandemic