Tobacco consumption on the rise during semi-containment



People who are vulnerable in terms of health or social relations seem particularly affected by an increase in tobacco consumption.


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People who are vulnerable in terms of health or social relations seem particularly affected by an increase in tobacco consumption.

According to a survey conducted by Unisanté and Addiction Suisse, 15.1% of smokers smoked more during the semi-confinement of spring 2020. But 8.2% reduced their consumption of cigarettes.



People who are vulnerable in terms of health or social relations seem particularly affected by an increase in tobacco consumption.


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People who are vulnerable in terms of health or social relations seem particularly affected by an increase in tobacco consumption.

A study conducted by Unisanté and Addiction Suisse, in collaboration with the Swiss Association for the Prevention of Smoking (AT) in July 2020, reveals that the pandemic last spring prompted smokers to increase their daily tobacco consumption. Thus the survey, conducted on 2000 people, shows that 15.1% of respondents smoked more while 8.2% – especially occasional smokers – used cigarettes less.

According to a communicated published on Thursday, the factors most strongly associated with the increase in tobacco consumption are age (18-39 years), poor mental and / or physical health, as well as a deterioration of relationships within and / or outside the household.

17% of respondents have tried to quit smoking

In addition, emphasizes study, 4.6% of consumers quit smoking during semi-containment, even if part of it started again after this period. And they were even 17.3% of respondents to declare having tried to quit, especially for fear of the Covid. It must be said that smoking increases the risk of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, which are risk factors for aggravated cases of Covid.

For the authors of the survey, it is “essential” to consider the pandemic and semi-confinement as a context of fragility for smokers. Those involved in tobacco prevention must therefore better target vulnerable people in terms of physical and / or mental health. This through strengthening links with health professionals and greater information and awareness efforts. Finally, the existing aids for people wishing to reduce or stop their consumption must be maintained and promoted in a pandemic situation.

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