Smoking has been linked with more serious Coronavirus cases
According to a survey for Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) more than one million UK smokers have ditched the cigarettes since the Coronavirus pandemic struck in March.
There has been very little good to come out of the Covid-19 pandemic; however a huge reduction in smoking rates is certainly a silver lining. The survey was carried out from mid-April to mid-June and in that three-month period the habits of 10,000 participants was tracked. From this sample, the data was extrapolated to estimate that more than a million smokers in the UK have quit smoking since March.
Further data from University College London (UCL) also shows that a record number of smokers have quit the habit in the year running up to June 2020. The UCL research has been running since 2007 and the average quitting rate stands at 5.9%. This increased to 7.6% in the year running to June 2020; the highest figure since records began.
Not only has there been a huge uplift in successful quitters, 440,000 further smokers have also attempted to quit, according to the ASH survey. Moreover, 41% of quitters said that their reason for quitting was directly related to Coronavirus.
Smoking and Coronavirus
A range of strong evidence suggests that the effects of Covid-19 can be much more serious in smokers. In March, Health Secretary, Matt Hancock said “It is abundantly clear that smoking makes the impact of a coronavirus worse”. In fact, data suggests that smokers who contract Coronavirus are around twice as likely as a non-smoker to be hospitalised. This analysis was conducted by researchers at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital and King’s College London via the Zoe Covid System Tracker App.
In 2019, there were 7.2 million smokers in the UK, according to data from The Office of National Statistics. This is expected to have decreased dramatically but there is still of course work to be done. ASH Director Deborah Arnott said:
“Over a million smokers may have succeeded in stopping smoking since Covid-19 hit Britain, but millions more have carried on smoking”.
Totally Wicked’s ethos is “empowering smokers to transform their lives”, so we are delighted to hear that so many smokers have ditched the habit. It is unclear how many of these successful quitters have made the switch to e-cigarettes. However, we do know that e-cigarettes are the UK’s most popular quitting aid so we believe a good proportion of these quitters will have been helped by vaping.
Whilst Totally Wicked stores may have been closed during the height of the pandemic, we worked tirelessly both through our website, and our convenience partners to ensure smokers still had access to our products. We also had a particularly busy Customer Service team, all of whom are NCSCT trained, supporting customers to enable them to make the switch.
Congratulations to everybody who has quit smoking both during the Covid-19 pandemic and before. If you are still a smoker and are looking to quit with the help of an e-cigarette then do not hesitate to contact us. Our Customer Service team are on hand to help you every step of the way. Our retail stores are also now back open with all the Covid-19 safety measures in place, so we welcome you to visit.