It is possible to stop smoking and lose weight, study reveals

These findings are especially important as new NHS research shows if a smoker can quit for 28 days, they are five times more likely to quit for good.

Given the risks to health that tobacco use causes, and as available research suggests that both smokers[1] and those with obesity[2] are at higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 outcomes and death, there may never have been a better time to consider quitting and managing your weight at the same time.

[1] Reddy, R. K., Charles, W. N., Sklavounos, A., Dutt, A., Seed, P. T., & Khajuria, A. (2020). The effect of smoking on COVID‐19 severity: A systematic review and meta‐analysis. Journal of medical virology

[2] Kassir, R. (2020). Risk of COVID‐19 for patients with obesity. Obesity Reviews, 21(6). Dietz, W., & Santos‐Burgoa, C. (2020). Obesity and its Implications for COVID‐19 Mortality. Obesity.

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