When it comes to Covid case numbers, no one really knows where they are going to go next – a new study has revealed that 1 in 2 smokers (49%) have said that they considered giving up completely due to the global pandemic. A further 60% said they knew that smokers had a greater risk of more severe Covid symptoms but continued to smoke anyway.
The research from Well Pharmacy, the UK’s largest independent pharmacy chain, shows that 18% of smokers said they were now more aware of the risks and had cut down on their smoking intake, whilst 23% were unaware of these stats.
With the final lockdown restrictions having been lifted in recent weeks, a new study has revealed that a quarter of British smokers (22%) are now smoking up to 20% more than they were since before the pandemic began.
Yet, despite these alarming numbers, 41% said that their smoking had remained the same since the Covid-19 outbreak last year. On average, people started smoking at 23 years old (22.55 mean score).
In a bid to help smokers cut down, Well Pharmacy will be offering advice to their customers through the NHS Stop Smoking Service on which products can help those looking to give up and kick the habit.
Katie Wright, Pharmacist from Well Pharmacy said:
“As life slowly gets back to normal and people have come to take a greater interest in their health, we’re here to support our customers with the best possible healthcare advice to stop habits such as smoking. If you want to feel fitter and healthier, the best thing you can do is stop smoking. It’ll only take a few days before you start to notice the effects – you’ll breathe easier and find physical activity less strenuous after just three days!
“We offer expert advice on Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRTs) such as patches, lozenges, sprays and gums, to help find the right medicine for each individual. Research shows that people are four times more like to win the battle against smoking with a combination of support services and stop-smoking medicine”.
To find out whether your local Well Pharmacy offers the free NHS Stop Smoking service visit: https://finder.well.co.uk/
About the research
An online survey was conducted by Atomik Research among 1002 adults aged 18+ in the UK. The research fieldwork took place on 21-24 May 2021. Atomik Research is an independent creative market research agency that employs MRS-certified researchers and abides to MRS code.