Survey finds that more people are smoking due to Covid-19 stress

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16th April 2021 10:33 - Chemicals

Survey finds that more people are smoking due to Covid-19 stress: A survey has shone a light on an increase in smoking during the pandemic, with young people found to be the group most likely to be smoking more regularly.

The survey taken in October last year polled 1,935 adults aged over the age of 18, finding that more than half the smokers polled said they were 'stress-smoking' to get them through the pandemic.

The stress caused by Covid-19 has also caused one in 10 ex-smokers to take up the habit again after successfully quitting.

Three in 10 smokers polled said they are now smoking more due to the pandemic (30%), with this rising to nearly two-fifths of 18–34-year-olds (39%).

The research also revealed that amongst the smokers polled, more than two-thirds are worried about the effect the virus could have on them due to their habit (65%), with nearly seven in 10 (69%) saying that the health of their lungs and respiratory system is more important to them now than before the pandemic.

According to the research, it is not only smoking of traditional cigarettes that has seen an increase, e-cigarette vaping has also seen a rise, with 42% of e-cigarette users reporting they are vaping more as a result of Covid-19.

The latest Mintel data shows that sales of e-cigarettes continue to grow, increasing by an estimated 7% in 2020 to reach £214 million.

Sales of nicotine replacement therapies to help smokers kick the habit fell by 3% last year to an estimated £144.1 million.

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