In this season of New Year’s resolutions, many Idahoans will resolve to put down tobacco products for good. But as anyone who has tried to quit will tell you, it is not easy. Nearly 70% of people who smoke want to quit, but they need the resources and support to successfully quit their addiction.
People who smoke or used to smoke are at increased risk for serious complications from COVID-19. As we battle this pandemic, we must do everything to keep our communities healthy and safe — which means supporting a strong public health infrastructure that includes comprehensive tobacco control measures. For some people, this crisis might provide motivation to quit using tobacco. But for others, trying to quit during a stressful time might be even harder and we should do everything we can to help them.