People who smoke are consuming even more cigarettes than they did at the start of the Covid 19 outbreak, a study has shown.
As the second anniversary of the country’s first lockdown approaches this month, almost half of people who smoke say the stress and boredom of the pandemic has increased their cigarette
That works out at a cost of £9 a day for the cheapest brands, or £63 a week and a whopping £3,276 a year.
One in five smokers say they are smoking 20 per cent more since the pandemic, while one in six say it’s up 50 per cent more, and one in 10 say more than 50 per cent.
The biggest increase is smokers in the 18-35 age group, whose habit has gone up twice as much as the over 65’s.
The figures were revealed just ahead of No Smoking Day, on March 9 – a day where people are encouraged to learn more about the impact smoking can have on their body and how to get support to quit.
Well Pharmacy superintendent, Ifti Khan, said: “The pandemic has been a difficult time and lockdowns were particularly stressful for many people, therefore it is not surprising that levels of smoking have increased.
“It is proven that with support, smokers are five times more likely to be successful in their quest to stop smoking.
“People often don’t realise that as soon as they stop smoking, the body begins to heal.
“The team at Well have a great deal of experience in helping people to stop smoking and can offer advice on nicotine replacements that may support smokers on this often-difficult task. No Smoking Day was the perfect day to start the journey, and we are all here to help.”
Smoking puts people at greater risk of developing mouth, lung and circulation issues
Saving money – on average, over £3000 a year can be saved
Healing happens very quickly. It only takes 48 hours for the body to get rid of carbon monoxide and nicotine
Protects others from passive smoking
Reduces your risk of heart attacks and strokes.
For further information and advice on how to quit smoking visit https://www.well.co.uk/pharmacy-services/stop-smoking website.