Smokers quit in highest numbers in a decade
As per a surprising yet expected result, more than one million people have quit smoking since the Covid-19 pandemic hit. This data is derived from a survey for charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). People who had quit in the previous four months, that is 41% said it was due to the coronavirus. In another survey, University College London (UCL) found more people quit smoking in the year to June 2020 than in any year since its survey began in 2007.
Government advice says smokers may be at risk of more severe COVID-19 symptoms.
Between 15 April and 20 June, a sample of 10,000 people talked about their smoking habits. Pollster YouGov on behalf of Ash enrolled these people. The results found the total number of people giving up smoking in the UK. In Covid-19 almost half of people who had quit in the past four months said the pandemic had played a role in their decision. There may be many factors which reduced the number of smokers including health concerns, access to tobacco while isolating. Another reason was no longer smoking socially.
Smoking Toolkit Study
A team at University College London has been talking to 1,000 people a month in England about their smoking habits since 2007 as part of the Smoking Toolkit Study. In the year to June 2020, 7.6% of smokers who were taking part in the survey had quit. It was almost a third higher than the average and the highest proportion since the survey began more than a decade ago. On average, 5.9% of those smokers quit per year since 2007.
Ash Survey in the UK
Ash director Deborah Arnott responded: “Over a million smokers may have succeeded in stopping smoking since Covid-19 hit Britain, but millions more have carried on smoking”. About 7 million people in the UK in total were smokers in the year 2019. Ash is launching a stop-smoking campaign funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, whose main target are people in areas of the country with the highest rates of smoking.
Youngsters have stopped smoking frequently in Covid-19
Young people have stopped smoking due to the coronavirus pandemic. They are staying at home and have been social distancing. Shiv Raj says, “I was trying to quit smoking but it was difficult for me. But because of the pandemic, it is easy to quit. Smoking causes serious damage and it would be better for everyone to understand that.”
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