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Million of people quit smoking during the pandemic

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

16th Jul, 2020. 06:35 pm
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According to a survey for charity Action on Smoking and Health (Ash), over one million people have quit smoking since the Covid-19 pandemic started.

The report reveals that 41% of the people who have stopped smoking in the previous four months are those who quitted smoking due to the novel coronavirus.

Separately, in June 2020, the University College London (UCL) found more people quit smoking than in any year since it started its study in 2007.

As per health reports, people who smoke are more likely to get infected by the deadly virus.

10,000 people were asked about their smoking habit by pollster YouGov on behalf of Ash between 15 April and June 10. The result has been used to measure the overall number of people in the UK stopping smoking.

Just under half of those who have left in the past four months said the pandemic had played a role in their decision. That may have been due to a range of factors including health concerns, access to tobacco while being isolated or not socially smoking anymore.

As part of the Smoking Toolkit Survey, a team at University College London has been questioning 1,000 people a month in England about their smoking habits since 2007.

7.6 percent of smokers involved in the survey quit in the year up to June 2020-nearly a third higher than the average and the highest proportion since the study started more than a decade ago. On average, 5.9% of surveyed smokers quit per year since 2007.

Director of Ash Deborah Arnatt said,

“Over a million smokers may have succeeded in stopping smoking since Covid-19 hit Britain, but millions more have carried on smoking”.

In 2019, more than 7 million people were smokers in the United Kingdom.

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