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Smoking Rates Surge in Britain amid Pandemic

Smoking Rates Surge in Britain amid Pandemic

Saturday, 17 April, 2021 - 05:30
A woman smokes a cigarette in this illustration picture taken in Paris, October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Britain's smokers have been lighting up more as the pandemic raised stress levels, a new survey found. Some 39% of British smokers aged 18 to 34 said they are now smoking more regularly in a survey commissioned by market researcher Mintel, revealed a Bloomberg report this week.

What's more, 10% of respondents said they started smoking again after quitting. Overall, the poll found that 30% of smokers are lighting up more regularly.

"Smoking is seen as a small vice, especially during these times when there is little else to distract people," said Roshida Khanom from Mintel.

She cited loneliness, boredom and concern about the future as drivers.

The survey of 1,935 internet users aged 18 and older took place in October.

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